HYDERABAD: Chaitanya Pingali, a journalist and grand daughter of freedom fighter Pingali Venkaiah, who designed the National Flag, has won the 2016 Sahitya Akademi Yuva Puraskar (Telugu) for her contribution to Telugu literature. Meanwhile, Alaparthi Venkata Subba Rao, better known as ‘Balabandhu’, won the Bala Sahitya Puraskar. ‘Chittagong Viplava Vanitalu (2013), a well researched work on revolutionary woman who participated in Chittagong uprising, has fetched Chaitanya Pingali the Yuva Puraskar. She is the first Telugu girl to get Akademi’s Yuvapuraskar. Alaparthi Venkata Subba Rao won the Bala Sahitya Puraskar for his poetry collection ‘Swarna Pushpaalu’.
The Sahitya Akademi rewards authors annually for their literary contribution in all the major Indian languages. Dr K Srinivasa Rao, secretary, Sahitya Akademi, said that winners of Yuva Puraskar and Bala Puraskar will receive a cash award of `50,000 and an engraved coper-plaque. Awards will be presented on a later date.