BHUBANESWAR: Writer Bibhuti Patnaik will get this year’s Central Sahitya Akademi Award in Odia language.
Names of the awardees in 23 Indian languages were recommended by jury members and approved by the Executive Board of Sahitya Akademi which met under the chairmanship of president Dr Vishwanath Prasad Tiwari on Thursday.
A three-member jury from Odisha selected Patnaik for his short story collection ‘Mahishashurara Muhan’. The book talks about a common man’s protest against the establishment and unsympathetic attitude of the Government.
Patnaik, who has written over 50 novels, had received the Odisha Sahitya Akademi Award in 1985 for his novel ‘Aswamedhara Ghoda’. Some of his popular works are ‘Sesha Basanta’, ‘Abhimana’, ‘Trutiya Purusha’, ‘Badhu Nirupama’, ‘Prathama Sakala’ and ‘Sesha Ratira Surya’.
He will receive the award that includes a prize money of `1 lakh at a function to be held on February 16 at New Delhi.
The writer is currently working on another short story collection and his autobiography. He said the book ‘Jeevana Patra Mo Bharicha Kete Mote’ is set for release in January.
The title of the book is inspired by popular song written by late poet Baikunthanath Pattnaik.