Anita Nair Bal Sahitya Puraskar winner

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The winners of the 2013 Bal Sahitya Puraskar were announced on August 23. The Bal Sahitya Puraskar is one of the most prestigious awards in the Indian literature scenario. And is given to the most outstanding children’s book by an Indian author, first published in any of the languages recognized by the Sahitya Akademi.

The Total Contribution to Children’s Literature (TCCL) Award is given when two or more books are found to be of equal merit. To be eligible for the 2013 edition of the awards, the books must have been published between 2007 and 2011.

The total literary contribution and standing of their authors is taken into consideration in deciding the award. A jury of three members, in the language concerned, selects the winners.

The winners of the TCCL Award for 2013 are:

Toshaprabha Kalita, Assamese
Anita Nair, English
Shraddha Trivedi
, Gujarati
H S Venkateshmurthy, Kannada
Sumangala (Leela Namboothiripad), Malayalam
Anant Bhave, Marathi
Bhotu Pradhan, Nepali
Nodiya Bihari Mohanty, Odia
Kamaljit Neelon, Punjabi

The winners in other categories

Stories
Narayan Debnath
, Bengali for Comics Samagra
Jatindra Nath Swargiary
, Bodo for Birbalni Solo
Krishan Sharma
, Dogri for Dogri Khadaune
Raghu Leishangthem
, Manipuri for Patpangi Thoibi
Vimla Bhandari
, Rajasthani for Anmol Bhent
Vasudev ‘Nirmal’
, Sindhi for Moonkhe Char Puchh, Re!
Revathi (E S Hariharan)
, Tamil for Pavalam Thantha Parisu
D Sujatha,
Telugu for Aatalo Aratipandu
Asad Raza,
Urdu for Nanhe Munno ke Sarkar

Poetry
Ramesh Tailang
, Hindi for Mere Priye Balgeet
Sari Dharam Hansda
, Santhali for Dombe Baha

Essays
Dhirendra Kr Jha
, Maithili for Hamra Beech Vigyan

Essays with Poetry
Rashid Kanispori
, Kashmiri for Gul te Bulbul

Plays
H R Vishvasa
, Sanskrit for Marjalasya Mukham Dhristam

Novel
Maya Anil Kharangate
, Konkani for Ranachya Manant

What the winner gets
A casket containing an engraved copper plaque, a shawl and a cheque of Rs 50,000. The award will be presented at a special function to be held on November 15, 2013 in Goa.

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