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Chandrashekar Kambar is Sahitya Akademi president

Chandrashekar Kambar is Sahitya Akademi president

 Feb 12, 2018

Kannada litterateur Chandrashekar Kambar was today elected as president of the Kendra  Sahitya Akademi defeating his nearest contender and Odia writer Prathiba Ray .

Prof. Kambar secured 56 votes, while Prathiba Ray got 29 votes. Marathi writer Balachandra Nemade, who was also a ‘symbolic’ contestant, secured four votes.  

 Hindi poet Madhav Koushik has been elected as vice-president.

Prof. Kambar is the third Kannada writer to head the country’s premier literary institution, after Vinayak Krishna Gokak (1983) and U.R. Ananthamurthy (1993).

This is the second time election was held in the history of Sahitya Akademi, after Ananthamurthy’s election to the post.

Prof. Kambar has served as member of the Akademi executive board for over 10 years and was vice-president for 2013-18

Prabha Varma from Kerala was elected unopposed to the central committee.

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