New Delhi, Dec 26 (UNI) Novelists and poets dominated among the 23 winners of the Sahitya Akademi Awards for 2007 announced today with eminent Hindi novelist and freedom fighter Amar Kant bagging the award for his novel 'Inhin Hathiyaron Se'.
Bengali poet Samarendra Sengupta, Kashmiri short story writer Rattan Lal Shant and Rajasthani critic Kundan Mali were among other prominent writers to receive the award. The Sahitya Akademi Award for the English category would be declared later, according to a statement issued here.
Six novelists besides Amar Kant, who have been conferred the prestigious literature awards, are - Purabi Bormudoi (Santanukulanandan, Assamese), Veerabhadrappa (Aramane, Kannada), Devidas Kadam (Dika, Konkani), A Sethumadhavan (Adayalangal, Malayalam), B M Maisnamba(Imasi Nurabee, Manipuri) and Neela Padmanabhan(Llai Uthir Kaalam, Tamil).
The six poets chosen for this year's awards include Samarendra Sengupta (Amar Samay Alpa, Bengali), Rajendra Shukla (Gazal-Smahita, Gujarati), Dipak Mishra(Sukha Snahita, Oriya), Jaswant Deed (Kamandal, Punjabi) and Hari Dutt Sharma, (Lasallatika, Sanskrit).