The pioneering modern Indian poet K. Satchidanandan Sunday received the 8th Mahakavi Kanhaiyalal Sethia Award for Poetry at Jaipur Literature Festival 2023.
As every year, the Festival will recognize a poet of repute with the Mahakavi Kanhaiyalal Sethia Award for Poetry. Given in association with the Mahakavi Kanhaiyalal Sethia Foundation, the award is a tribute to Mahakavi Kanhaiyalal Sethia and his immense repertoire. In addition to a cash prize of Rs. 1 lakh, the winner receives a memento of appreciation along with a felicitation at the Festival.
Satchidanandan has received the award from Rajasthan minister BD Kalla.
A former Secretary of the Sahitya Akademi, Satchidanandan has authored twenty-one collections of poetry, sixteen books of translations of world poetry and twenty-one works of literary criticism in Malayalam and English besides plays and travelogues. He has won twenty-five awards for his literary contribution from diverse institutions in India and abroad and is a Fellow of the Kerala Academy of Literature. Representative collections of his poetry have appeared in eighteen languages. His work has appeared in anthologies of poetry in several countries across the world from the USA to Australia.
The award is given out after a careful selection process by an eminent jury comprising renowned, discerning litterateurs and experts, namely Festival Co-Director Namita Gokhale; Managing Director, Teamwork Arts, and Festival Producer Sanjoy K. Roy; eminent poets Ranjit Hoskote and Anamika; and Siddharth Sethia of the Mahakavi Kanhaiyalal Sethia Foundation.
Sanjoy K. Roy, Managing Director, Teamwork Arts, producer of the Jaipur Literature Festival, said: “Genuine poetry has always opposed violence in its direct as well as intangible forms. More than ever it needs to raise its profoundly human voice against violence. K Satchidanandan winner of the 2023 Mahakavi Kanhaiyalal award for poetry.“