He was also awarded Sahitya Akademi
Award in recognition of his literary services.
He was the Vice Chairman of Kerala Sahitya Akademi
and his works include Anayasena Maranam (Dying an Easy Death) and Railway Palangal (The Rails).
awardee and President of Assam Nepali Sahitya Sabha Durga Khatiwada's name has also been excluded from the list.
He was known foremost as a playwright and won literary honours, including the Sahitya Akademi
and the Jnanpith awards, but one of the things I admired him for was a film he directed, Utsav; it opened many possibilities in my mind for revisiting works of the classical era.
Ramendra Kumar, award-winning children's writer with 35 books to his credit, and inspirational speaker and performance storyteller; Siddhartha Sarma, whose first teen novel The Grasshopper's Run won the Crossword Book Award and the Sahitya Akademi
Award for Children's Literature; Andaleeb Wajid who has published 18 novels for adults, young adults and children in the last ten years; and Moin Shadab who is a renowned poet, journalist, producer, announcer and broadcaster at Sahara TV's Alami Samay Urdu News Channel.
awardee, Hiren Gohain, Rights activist, Akhil Gogoi and journalist, Manjit Mahanta were slapped with sedition charges after suomoto FIR for allegedly secessionist speeches.
She also received a number of literary awards, which are: Akhil Bharat Sindhi Boli Ain Sahit Sabha's award (1965); Maharshtra Sindhi Sahitya Academy Award (1992); Sahitya Akademi
Award (1994); Ishwari Jivatram Buxani Award (2001) and Priya Darshni Academy Award (2010).
Ramulu, an academy chairman, poet, writer, and dramatist Vishnu Pandya, chairman of the Gujarat Sahitya Akademi
and Narasinga Rao, a multi-awarded Telugu film director.
The writer of the immensely popular novel Rich Like Us, which won the Sahitya Akademi
Award in 1986, added that for thousands of years, the Indian civilization has stood for dissent and argument.
BKS Drama Club will be inaugurated on May 21 by celebrity theatre artist from Kerala Gireesh Sopanam, followed by the drama version of a controversial Malayalam short story, Biriyani, by Kerala Sahitya Akademi
award-winning writer Santhosh Echikkanam.
Pakistan Academy of Letters being one of the founders of the Forum welcomed the idea and joined the forum along with Bangladesh Academy, China Writers Association, Sahitya Akademi
of India, Academy of Nepal and Academy of Sri Lanka.