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Thursday, December 24, 2009 11:33:56 AM (IST)  

New Delhi: Vaidehi, Jess Fernandes Among Central Sahitya Akademi Award Winners

Daijiworld Media Network – New Delhi (SP)

New Delhi, Dec 24: Central Sahitya Akademi, New Delhi, has announced its literary awards for this year. Well-known Kannada writer, Vaidehi and Konkani poet from Goa, Jess Fernandes, are among 24 persons from across the country, to have been chosen for this national level award.

The others who will be receiving the awards include Pradyumn Singh Jindrahia for poetry in Dogri, Kailash Vajpeyi in Hindi and Puvirasu for Tamil.

Vaidehi, Jess Fernandes

Vaidehi, who writes short stories, childrens' plays and poetry, has been chosen for the award, on the basis of her collection of short stories titled ‘Krauncha Pakshigalu’. She hails from Udupi district and her works have a distinct feminine leaning. Born as the daughter of A V L Hebbar and Mahalakshmi couple from Kundapur on February 12, 1945, she was involved with literary activities even when studying in Bhandarkar's College Kundapur. Her actual name is Vasanti and was renamed as 'Janaki' after marriage. The pen name, 'Vaidehi' was given by  a weekly, which published a story she had sent to it, after she requested it later to hold it back, as it was a real life story. She is already the recepient of Attimabbe Award, Karnataka Sahitya Academy Award, 'Katha Award', M K Indira Award, Anupama Award etc. 'Gulabi Talkies', a film made by Girish Kasaravalli on the basis of a story written by her, has won the best regional film award at the national level.

The award carries a cash component of one lac rupees. The awards function is scheduled to be held on February 16, 2010, informed Akademi secretary, Agrahara Krishnamurty, speaking to media men on Wednesday December 23.

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Comments on this article
Jacinto Desa, Goa/UK
Monday, February 15, 2010

Jess-bab Congratulations for being awarded the Central Shitya Academy Award, for konkani literature. Cheers and wish you all the best in the future.

Chandrika, Bangalore
Monday, December 28, 2009

CONGRATULATIONS... Its pride to see Kannada writers win award. I am glad they are recognized at national level... Hats off to you Vaidehi aunt.

chandru, mangalore
Thursday, December 24, 2009

hats off....we are proud of you...

YUSUF A. SHEIKH, Vasco-da-Gama, Goa.
Thursday, December 24, 2009

Vaidehi,as known to me, is a literary luminary who is blessed with power of creativity in literature which she utilizes for social awakening. She commands tremendous respect in the world of letters and is also a voracious orator. I hail National Sahitya Akademi's decision to award her. I also hail the announcement of award to Jess Fernandes for his work in Konkani literature. He also touches common man themes for his poetry and shows concern for welfare of the depressed class of society.

Austin Prabhu, Nanthur/Chicago
Thursday, December 24, 2009

Congratulations to Jess Fernandes on being awarded Central Sahitya Akademi Award for his literary contributions. I salute your energy, talent in spreading Konkani poetry to the world. All the best in your future endeavors.

Prakash Mulki, Mulki/Jokatte
Thursday, December 24, 2009

We really get emotional when Kannada writers bag awards at National Level for their literary work.All the Best Madam 'Vaidehi'

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