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TNPSC General Knowledge: List of Sahitya Akademi Award winners for Tamil

List of Sahitya Akademi Award winners for Tamil

சாகித்ய அகடாமி விருதுசாகித்ய அகடாமி விருது

Statistics
  • Instituted - 1954
  • First awarded - 1955
  • Last awarded - 2016
  • Cash award - ₹1 lakh (US$1,500)
  • First awardee(s) - R. P. Sethu Pillai (1955)
  • Last awardee(s) - Vannadasan (2016)
Sahitya Akademi Award 

The Sahitya Akademi Award is the second-highest literary honor in India. The Sahitya Akademi, India's National Academy of Letters, aims at "promoting Indian literature throughout the world". The Akademi annually confers on writers of "the most outstanding books of literary merit". The awards are given for works published in any of the 24 languages recognised by the akademi.[1] Instituted in 1954, the award recognizes and promotes excellence in writing and acknowledge new trends. The annual process of selecting awardees runs for the preceding twelve months. As of 2015, the award comprises a plaque and a cash prize of ₹1 lakh (US$1,500).

The inaugural edition of the award recognised works in twelve languages – Assamese, Bengali, Gujarati, Hindi, Kannada, Malayalam, Marathi, Odia, Punjabi, Tamil, Telugu and Urdu. In Tamil, the first recipient of the award was R. P. Sethu Pillai, who was honoured for his collection of essays entitled Tamil Inbam in 1955. Posthumous recipients of the award include Kalki Krishnamurthy (1956), Bharathidasan (1969), Ku. Alagirisami (1970), Aadhavan Sundaram (1987) and C. S. Chellappa (2001). As of 2015, the award has been presented to 56 writers.

Rules and criteria for submissions

Although the Akademi is under the control of the Ministry of Culture, Government of India, it functions as an autonomous body. To be eligible for the award, the work must be an "outstanding contribution to the language and literature to which it belongs". It can be a "creative" or a "critical" work; translations, anthologies, abridgments, compilations, annotation, and research papers are ineligible. To contest in a particular year, the work must have been published during the last five years, prior to the preceding year. In case of tiebreakers, the literary contribution and "standing" of the authors would be taken into consideration. Only Indian nationals are eligible for the award. The award will be not be given if there are no more than two contestants in the final round. The works of authors who have been awarded earlier by the Akademi – translation prize, Bal Sahitya Puraskar and Yuva Puraskar are exceptions though – are ineligible. Further, the author must not be a recipient of the Bhasha Samman or the Sahitya Akademi Fellowship. The works of members of the executive board of the Akademi are ineligible for the award. Incomplete works may be considered for the award only if a part of the work, under which it competes, is deemed "complete". A posthumous publication is eligible only if the author has been deceased for over five years starting from the current year. The Akademi does not consider direct submissions from authors or publishers.

Selection process

The Akademi will prepare a "ground list", shortlisted from a set of eligible books in each of the recognized languages. Each language will have an "Advisory Board" member, who will shortlist and form and send a panel consisting of not more than five members to the President of the Akademi.

The preliminary panel consists of ten referees, who are nominated by the President upon requests received from the members of the "Advisory Board". The recommendations received from members of the "Advisory Board" of each languages will be compiled and sent to the corresponding referees, who in turn will select two entries. A committee of three members, selected by the President, out of a panel of seven names recommended by the Language "Advisory Board", chooses the awardee in each language. The jury members are selected by the President after considering the recommendations in this behalf by the members of the Language Advisory Board concerned. The Akademi purchases the books recommended by the referees in the preliminary round and sends them to the jury members and the Convener. The jury members arrive at the winners, based on consensus or by majority. The jury also has the right to declare that no book is eligible for the award during a particular year.

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List of Sahitya Akademi Award Winners for Tamil Language
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Year
Recipient
Work
Notes
1955
R. P. Sethu Pillai
Tamil Inbam
A collection of essays
1956
Kalki Krishnamurthy*
Alai Osai
A novel
1957
No award
1958
C. Rajagopalachari
Chakravarti Tirumagan
A retelling of the Ramayana
1959
No award
1960
No award
1961
Mu. Varadarajan
Agal Vilakku
A novel
1962
Mi. Pa. Somasundaram
Akkarai Cheemaiyil
A travelogue
1963
Akilan
Vengaiyin Maindhan
A novel
1964
No award
1965
P. Sri Acharya
Sri Ramanujar
A biography
1966
Ma. Po. Si.
Vallalar Kanda Orumaippadu
A biography
1967
K. V. Jagannathan
Virar Ulagam
A literary criticism
1968
A. Srinivasa Raghavan
Vellai Paravai
A poetry
1969
Bharathidasan*  
Pisirantaiyar
A play
1970
Ku. Alagirisami*  
Anbalippu
A collection of short stories
1971
Na. Parthasarathy
Samudaya Veedhi
A novel
1972
D. Jayakanthan
Sila Nerangalil Sila Manithargal
A novel
1973
Rajam Krishnan
Verukku Neer
A novel
1974
K. D. Thirunavukkarasu
Thirukkural Needhi Illakkiyam
A literary criticism
1975
R. Dhandayudham
Tharkkala Tamizh Illakkiyam
A literary criticism
1976
No award
1977
Indira Parthasarathy
Kuruthip Punal
Novel
1978
Vallikannan
Pudukavithaiyin Thottramum Valarchiyum
Criticism
1979
Thi. Janakiraman
Sakthi Vaithiyam
Short stories
1980
Kannadasan
Cheraman Kadali
Novel
1981
M. Ramalingam
Puthiya Urai Nadai
Criticism
1982
B. S. Ramaiya
Manikkodikalam
Literary history
1983
T. M. Chidambara Ragunathan
Bharathi: Kalamum Karuthum
Literary criticism
1984
Lakshmi Thiripurasundari
Oru Kaveriyai Pola
Novel
1985
A. S. Gnanasambandan
Kamban: Putiya Parvai
Literary criticism
1986
Ka. Naa. Subramaniam
Ilakkiyathukku oru Iyakkam
Literary criticism
1987
Aadhavan Sundaram*  
Mudalil Iravu Varum
Short stories[4]
1988
V. C. Kulandaiswamy
Vazhum Valluvam
Literary criticism
1989
La Sa Ra
Chintanadi
Autobiographical Essays
1990
Su. Samuthiram
Veril Pazhutha Pala
Novel
1991
Ki. Rajanarayanan
Gopallapurathu Makkal
Novel
1992
Kovi. Manisekaran
Kutralakurinji
historic novel
1993
M. V. Venkatram
Kathukal
Novel
1994
Ponneelan
Pudhiya Dharsanangal
Novel
1995
Prapanchan
Vanam Vasappadum
Novel
1996
Ashoka Mitran
Appavin Snehidar
Short stories
1997
Thoppil Mohamed Meeran
Chaivu Narkali
Novel
1998
Sa. Kandasamy
Visaranai Commission
Novel
1999
S. Abdul Rahman
Aalapanai
Poetry
2000
Thi. Ka. Sivasankaran
Vimarsanangal Mathippuraikal Pettikal
Literary criticism
2001
C. S. Chellappa*
Sutanthira Daagam
Novel
2002
Sirpi Balasubramaniam
Oru Giraamattu Nadi
Poetry
2003
Vairamuthu
Kallikattu Ithikasam
Novel
2004
Tamilanban
Vanakkam Valluva
Poetry
2005
G. Thilakavathi
Kalmaram
A novel
2006
Mu. Metha
Akayathukku Aduthaveedu
Poetry
2007
Neela Padmanabhan
Ilai Uthir Kaalam
A novel
2008
Melanmai Ponnusamy
Minsarapoo
Short story
2009
Puviarasu
Kaioppam
Poetry
2010
Nanjil Nadan
Soodiya Poo Soodarka
A collection of short stories
2011
Su. Venkatesan
Kaval Kottam
A novel
2012
D. Selvaraj
Thol
A novel
2013
Joe D Cruz
korkai
A novel
2014
Poomani
Agngnaadi
A novel
2015
A. Madhavan
Ilakkiya suvadugal
A collection of essays
2016
Vannadasan
Oru Siru Isai
Short stories
* Denotes posthumous recipients

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