Magahi writer Shesh Anand has been awarded Sahitya Akademi Bhasha Samman

Shesh Anand Madhukar is known for Magahi writing and was honoured with Sahitya Akademi Bhasha Samman award.

Madhukar who has been known for working extensively for the development of the language is the second writer of Magahi language to be awarded with the award.

Shesh Anand Madhurkar was also conferred with the award comprising a Rs 1 lakh cheque and a memento, by the hands of the Sahitya Akademi President – Vishwanath Prasad Tiwari.

About Magahi
  1. Magahi language is also termed as Magadhi which is language spoken in Bihar-Jharkhand region of eastern India.
  2. It has been known to be derived from ancient language Magadhi Prakrit, spoken in ancient kingdom of Magadha.
  3. It is also believed to be the language spoken by Gautama Buddha.
  4. Since it used to be the official language of the Mauryan court, in which edicts of Ashoka were composed, Magadhi which now has approximately 18 million speakers at the moment and composes of a very rich and old tradition of folk songs and stories is quite common in eastern parts of the country.
  5. Though It has not been constitutionally recognised in India but was legally absorbed under Hindi in the 1961 Population Census.

Bhasha Samman is given to identify and honour literary works in those languages which are spoken equally in different parts of the country.

  • The award is an attempt to make writers of other languages feel equally important. The award also comprises of Rs 1 lakh cheque and memento to the ones selected as in this case Shesh Anand Madhukar.

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