Date : 05-04-2011, Tuesday | 16 Comments
K.K. BIRLA FOUNDATION, Caxton House, Mezzanine Floor, 2-E, Jhandewalan Extension, New Delhi-55. (Ph. 011/23516483-84, Fax No. 23516480). 2/Pur(2009)11/ 5.4.2011
Dear Sir, As you know, the Saraswati Samman instituted by the K.K. Birla Foundation in 1991 is recognized as the most prestigious and the highest literary honour in the country. It is given every year on an outstanding literary work written in any Indian language mentioned in Schedule VIII to the Constitution of India by an Indian citizen and published during the last 10 years. It carries an award money of Rupees seven lakhs and fifty thousand (7.50 lakhs), a Citation and a Plaque.
The selection for the Saraswati Samman is made by a high level Chayan Parishad presided over by Shri Justice G.B. Patnaik, former Chief Justice of India. A note giving the broad features of the Saraswati Samman and its process of selection is enclosed. It will be seen that eminent literary persons from various parts of the country and belonging to different languages are actively involved in this process.
After consideration of the works published in 22 Indian languages during 2000-2009 the Chayan Parishad has selected Mandra, a novel in Kannada by Prof. S.L. Bhyrappa for the twentieth Saraswati Samman, 2010. This book was published in 2002. In addition to the note on the Saraswati Samman mentioned above we are enclosing a list of nineteen recipients who are honoured by this Samman in the earlier years, a note on Prof. S.L. Bhyrappa and Mandra for your use. A photograph of Prof. Bhyrappa is also there. We shall be most grateful if you could kindly give proper coverage as in the previous years, to this news in your newspaper/magazine which is being eagerly awaited by all those interested in Indian literature throughout the country.
In case you need any other information or help you may kindly contact us.
With regards, Yours sincerely, (N.K. Bhattacharjee) SARASWATI SAMMAN