Rajendra Prasad Mohapatra

Acclaimed Odia poet and writer Gayatribala Panda has been chosen to be conferred with the prestigious Sahitya Akademi Award 2022 for her poem compilation ‘Dayanadi’.

An engraved copper-plaque, a shawl and an amount of Rs 1,00,000 will be presented to Gayatribala at the award presentation function which will be held on a later date.

The awards were announced for 23 languages including seven poetry collections, six novels, two story collections, two literary criticisms, three plays and one autobiography.

The award in Bengali language would be announced after a few days due to technical reasons.

The awards, recommended by distinguished jury members in 23 Indian languages, were approved by the Executive Board of the Sahitya Akademi which met on Thursday under the Chairmanship of Akademi President Chandrasekhar Kambar.

The books were selected on the basis of recommendations made by a jury of three members in the concerned languages in accordance with the procedure laid down for the purpose.

Kendra Sahitya Akademi awards relate to books first published during five years immediately preceding the year of announcement of the Award (i.e between 1 January 2016 and 31 December 2020).

BJP National Vice-President Baijayant Panda congratulated Gayatribala on her achievement.

“Dr Gayatribala Panda’s poetry book ‘Dayanadi’ in Odia is an excellent work which beautifully narrates one of the deadliest battles in our history - Kalinga War. Her contributions to Odia literature are monumental. Congratulations to Dr Panda on winning Sahitya Akademi Award 2022,” Baijayant tweeted.