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Sahitya Akademi

The Sahitya Akademi fosters and coordinates literary activities in all the major Indian languages.

india Updated: Jan 30, 2006 16:54 IST

The Sahitya Akademi was set up by the Government of India to foster and coordinate literary activities in all the Indian languages and to promote through them the cultural unity of India.

The Akademi was formally launched by the Government of India on March 12, 1954. It was registered as a society on January 7, 1956 under the Societies Registration Act, 1860.

The Government of India Resolution describes it as a national organisation instituted to work actively for the development of Indian letters and to set high literary standards.

The main objective of the Sahitya Akademi is to meet the challenge posed by a multi-lingual society.

The Sahitya Akademi ceaselessly endeavours to develop a serious literary culture through the publication of journals, monographs, individual creative works of every genre, anthologies, encyclopaedias, dictionaries, bibliographies, who's who and histories of literature.

The Sahitya Akademi, India's National Academy of Letters, is the central institution for literary dialogue, publication and promotion in the country.

It is the only institution that undertakes literary activities in twenty two Indian languages, including English.


Sisir Kumar Das

History of Indian Literature

Tarashankar Bandhopadhyaya


Rabindranath Tagore



Thakazhi Sivashankara Pillai


Bhisham Sahni

Hindi Kahani Sangraha

Premendra Mitra


Besides the eighteen languages enumerated in the Constitution of India, the Sahitya Akademi has recognised Dogri, English, Maithili and Rajasthani as languages in which its programme may be implemented.

Sahitya Akademi is housed in the Rabindra Bhawan which was built in 1961 to commemorate the birth centenary of Rabindranath Tagore.

35, Ferozeshah Road,
New Delhi-110001

Telephone: 3386626/27/28/29, 3387386, 3386088
Fax: 091-11-3382428

First Published: Feb 19, 2004 11:37 IST