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Sahitya Akademi Awards for 2009 declared
Sahitya Akademi Every year selects translators in India's 24 languages for the award. The award carries a Rs.50,000 cash award along with a certificate of commendation. The list of awardees for 2009 has been announced recently.
PROFESSOR TRIDIP Suhrud has been chosen for the Sahitya Akademi award for his Harilal Gandhi: A Life. The book is an English translation of the biography of Harilal Gandhi written by Chandulal Bhagubhai Dalal in Gujarati.
 
The convener of the English Board of North Indian languages department of Sahitya Akademi, Alok Bhalla has confirmed the news. Prof Tridip Suhrud is a political scientist and a cultural historian. He teaches at the Dhirubhai Ambani Institute of Information and Communication Technology, Gandhinagar.

Sahitya Akademi every year selects the best translators from the best in India’s 24 languages for the award. The award carries Rs.50,000 in cash along with a certificate of commendation. The list of awardees for 2009 has been announced recently.

 
Initially, 30 books were selected by a jury of 10 literary experts after which another jury of 5 experts filtered those books narrowing them down to 10 books. Out of these 10 books, the best works of translation got selected by a panel of three judges. Translation works on novels based on Tagore's relationships and some other significant works in various other languages were in the race for the award.

Prominent scholar and litterateur Asma Saleem has been nominated for Sahitya Akademi’s award-2009 for her Urdu book ‘Safar’ a translation of Amrita Pritam’s Punjabi book ‘Sunahre’. Asma has been co-translator of Jaswant Singh’s book ‘Jinnah: India-Partition and Independence’ into Urdu in 2008. She is also known for assisting Prof. Tanveer Ahmad Alvi in the translation of Mirza Ghalib’s Persian letters into Urdu and the translation of a book on Amrita Pritam – ‘Amrita-Imroz’.

 
Assam’s veteran journalist and author Jatindra Kumar Bargohain has also been chosen for the Sahitya Akademi award for ‘Lokayata Darshan’, a translation from the original work in Bengali by Devi Prasad Chattopaddhay. The book was published by Publication Board, Assam.

 
Awards will be given at a function held by the Akademi in August 2010.

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