Bhubaneswar: Noted Odia writer and former Odisha Chief Secretary Tarun Kanti Mishra has won the prestigious Sahitya Akademi Award 2019.
Mishra has won the prestigious award for his collection of short stories in Odia language ‘Bhaswati’.
The Sahitya Akademi announced its annual Sahitya Akademi Awards in 23 languages today.
Mishra’s short stories collection was selected for the award by a Jury of three members in the concerned language in accordance with the procedure laid down for the purpose.
The former bureaucrat, a 1975 batch IAS officer is a prolific writer and has won several awards for his literary works which include prestigious Odisha Sahitya Akademi Award-1997, Sarala Award-2001, Katha Award to name a few.
The former bureaucrat’s first literary work a short story ‘Hey Pruthibira Naagarika’ was published in ‘Aasantaakaali’ a reputed literary magazine of yesteryears when he was just 14 years old.
Many of his works have been translated into Hindi, Bengali, Urdu, Telugu, Malayalam, Marathi, Gujarati, and English.
Mishra will be presented with the Award in the form of a casket containing an engraved copper-plaque, a shawl and an amount of Rs 1,00,000 towards cash content at a special function to be held on February 25, 2020 at New Delhi during the Festival of Letters organized by Sahitya Akademi.