In an attempt to honour the works of different authors in 24 recognised Indian languages, Sahitya Akademi presented Sahitya Akademi Awards to writers at a ceremony in FICCI Golden Jubilee Auditorium in the national capital on Tuesday. Twenty one male authors and three female authors won the Awards. Seven poetry collections, six collections of short stories, four novels, five collections of essays / criticism and two plays won the Award.Dr Gopi Chand Narang, eminent Urdu scholar and Fellow of Sahitya Akademi was the chief guest at the function while Vishwanath Prasad Tiwari, president, Sahitya Akademi, presented the Awards to the writers. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’K Sreenivasarao, secretary, Sahitya Akademi and Dr Chandrashekhar Kambar, vice president of Sahitya Akademi were also present at the ceremony.In his speech, the chief guest Dr Gopi Chand Narang applauded Sahitya Akademi for carrying out literary service in all the 24 recognised languages and he highlighted various details and Akademi’s achievements to point out how Akademi has been rendering literary service to the nation with writers at the core. He reiterated that the Akademi will always stand by the writers of all kinds. Also Read – Leslie doing new comedy special with NetflixIn his welcome speech, Dr K Sreenivasarao, secretary, Sahitya Akademi, stated that the Akademi is a home of writers and for the writers. Vishwanath Prasad Tiwari said: “It is through literature that unity can be achieved and communal dividing elements can be defeated.” He added that he is proud to be associated with the Akademi which is preserving and propagating all the Indian literary traditions. List of award winners include Assamese – Kula Saikia; Bengali – Alok Sarkar; Bodo – Birendra Kumar Bodo; Dogri – Dhian Singh; English – Cyrus Mistry; Gujarati – Rasik Shah; Hindi – Ramdarash Mishra; Kannada – KV Thirumalesh; Kashmiri – Basir Bhadarwahi; Konkani – Uday Bhembre; Maithili – Man Mohan Jha; Malayalam – K R Meera; Manipuri – Kshetrimayum Rajen Singh; Marathi – Arun Khopkar; Nepali – Gupta Pradhan; Odia – Bibhuti Pattanaik; Punjabi – Jaswinder Singh; Rajasthani – Madhu Acharya ‘Ashawadi’; Sanskrit – Ram Shanker Awasthi; Santali – Rabi Lal Tudu; Sindhi – Maya Rahi; Tamil – A Madhavan; Telugu – Volga and Urdu – Shamim Tariq.