IMPHAL, Aug 2 - The Manipuri version of eminent litterateur and social activist, late Mahasweta Devi�s novel, Hajar Chourasir Maa, will be honoured with the Translation Prize 2015, one of the major Akademi prizes, here on Wednesday.
Prominent Manipuri writer N Khagendra Singh will receive the Translation Prize for his translated book, Lishingama Supna Mariphumarigi Mama. The 90-year-old Magsaysay awardee and social activist, Mahasweta Devi, had passed away on July 28 in Kolkata. Other prize winners are Suren Talukdar (Assamese), Mau Das Gupta (Bengali), Dhanshiri Swargiary (Bodo), Chhatrapal (JP Saraf) (Dogri), Susheela Punitha (English), Sharifa K Vijliwala (Gujarati), Damodar Khadse (Hindi), Na Damodar Shetty (Kannada), Rattan Lal Shant (Kashmiri), Jaymala Narayan Danait (Konkani), Devendra Jha (Maithili), KC Ajaya Kumar (Malayalam), N Khagendra Singh (Manipuri), Balwant Vasant Jeurkar (Marathi), Shankar Pradhan (Nepali), Shakuntala Baliarsingh (Odia), Balbir Parwana (Punjabi), Madan Saini (Rajasthani), Tarashankar Sharma �Pandeya� (Sanskrit), Tala Tadu (Santhali), Sarita D Sharma (Sindhi), Gowri Kirubanandan (Tamil), LR Swamy (Telugu) and Suhail Ahmad Farooqi (Urdu).
The award ceremony will be held with Raghuveer Chaudhari, eminent Gujarati writer and fellow of the Sahitya Akademi, at the Maharaja Chandrakirti Auditorium in Imphal.
The ceremony will start with an invocation, to be followed by the welcome address by K Sreenivasarao, secretary of the Sahitya Akademi. The president of the Sahitya Akademi, Vishwanath Prasad Tiwari, will deliver the presidential address, which will be followed by the presentation of the translation prizes.
The Sahitya Akademi will conduct a reading programme, Abhivyakti, on August 5 and August 6 where eminent English writer Temsula Ao will deliver the inaugural address. Manipuri writer H Behari Singh will make the introductory remarks.
The president of the Sahitya Akademi will preside over the inaugural session. Writers from different languages � Pankaj Gobinda Medhi (Assamese), Bijay Baglary (Bodo), Shiv Dev Sushil (Dogri), Hariram Dwivedi (Hindi), L Ibemhal (Manipuri), Indu Prava Devi (Nepali), Yum Vasugi (Tamil) and ASPS Ravi Prakash (Telugu) will read out their literary pieces in the inaugural session. The Sahitya Akademi book exhibition-cum-sale will take place from 10 am to 6 pm on August 4, 5 and 6.