Melwyn Rodrigues Receives Sahitya Academy Award

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New Delhi, Feb 21: Sunil Gangopadhyaya, president of Sahitya Academy conferred the Sahitya Akademi award to Melwyn Rodrigues, for his collection of poems ’Prakriticho Paas’ in Konkani language at a function held at Kamani Auditorium, Copernicus Marg, New Delhi recently.

This is the first time in Sahitya Academy’s history that four writers from Karnataka got this award. They included, besides Melwyn Rodrigues, Kannada novelist Gopalakrishna Pai, Urdu Poet Khaleel Mamoon and English author Ramachandra Guha.

A house-full auditorium witnessed this award ceremony when 23 literary luminaries received the award from the president, which included a shawl, flowers, memento and a cheque of Rs 1 lakh.









While vice-president of the Academy Vishwanath Prasad Tiwari garlanded the awardees, the president handed over the awards.

English author Ramachandra Guha could not attend the function and his representative received the award on his behalf. Similarly wife of Assamese poet the late Kabin Phukan received the award in his name.

Secretary of the Academy Agrahara Krishna Murthy welcomed the gathering.

Namwar Singh, eminent Hindi critic was the chief guest. He requested the politicians not to politicise literary events, making a special reference to Jaipur Literary festival which was held recently. He warned the goverment not to take over the Sahitya Academy by appointing its own representatives to govern it. "If it does so, Sahitya Academy will lose all its importance," he said referring to the fate of other similar akademies.

Sumathy Sivanmohan, Sahitya Academy Premchand Fellow, from Srilanka was the guest of honour.

On the next day, all the award winning authors spoke about their work and creative experience. The programme was held at the Sahitya Academy auditorium. Vishwanath Prasad Tiwari, vice president of Sahitya Academy presided the programme.

"There are those that search for happiness in intoxication. There are also those that pray to God for happiness. And then, there are a few who seek the warmth of happiness by burning wads of money. Some may even sleep on heaps of corpses hoping to dream a happy dream. I, for one, have stopped praying to God, the day I realized that my joy is in poetry, and have broken many a cup of intoxication, ever since. For, I see God dancing, wearing anklets, in every line of a poem and, many a times, I wallow, pleasurably, in the intoxication of words" said Melwyn in his speech.

"I have realized that poetry has this immense mystical power. Some might think that this is madness. But when such madness attracts awards, one feels the urge to live life, forever wrapped in such madness. It excites me, no end, to note that there are individuals and institutions who consider this madness, a virtue." he said in his speech which was in English and recited one of his Konkani poems with its English translation.

Karnataka Sangha, New Delhi felicitated Gopalakrishna Pai, Melwyn Rodrigues and Khaleel Mamoon on the next evening, wherein the authors shared their experiences with the members of the Sangha.





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Ronald Sabi, Moodubelle Wed, February-22-2012, 12:40
Congratulations Melvyn for the well deserved award. Wishing you big success in the poetry world.
Benedict Noronha, Udupi Tue, February-21-2012, 11:16
Hearty Congratulation Mr Melwyn on receiving the Sahithya Academy Award for your wonderful work on Prakriticho Pass . May you achieve many more Laurels. Benedict Noronha Udupi.
Eugene DSouza, Moodubelle/Dombivli Tue, February-21-2012, 10:20
Dear Melvyn, congratulations for being conferred with the National Sahitya Academy Award for your collection of poetry Prakriticho Paas . May there be many more such achievments in future as well.
Ronald Fernandis, Dubai Tue, February-21-2012, 5:45
Congratulations Melwyn on winning the award National Academy award. This award will surely inspire the young poets . Wishing you good luck in your future literary endeavors.
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