Sahitya Akademi organizes literary programmes in all the 24 languages recognized by it and throughout the year across India. Sahitya Akademi also organizes literary programmes in tribal and oral traditions of the country.
These programmes include annual week-long Festival of Letters & other Festivals, Language-wise programmes, Regional Programmes, Zonal Inter-connect Programmes and so on.
The list of Programmes organized by Sahitya Akademi include the following and is not limited only to the following that are organized at regional, national and international levels:
Originally conceived as end of the century lecture series, Antraal is an interdisciplinary lecture series providing key insights into the topics and ideas that played prominent role in the development of Indian Thought. Many distinguished scholars from various disciplines have graced the platform and delivered lectures on various aspects of Indian Culture and Indian Thought. This programme takes place in all the 24 languages.
Asmita is a programme series for the writers in search of a collective identity. This programme series provides opportunities for the writers and poets from the marginalized sections of the society. Under this platform, writers and poets from various walks of life read excerpts from their writings followed by a discussion. This programme takes place in all the 24 languages.
Avishkar is a literary programme series that provides the readers of literature a new search in the works of doyens of literature. This programme takes place in all the 24 languages. This platform is a literary connoisseur’s delight as it enables the readers or audience to unearth newer dimensions in the works of immortals of Indian literature.
Bal Sahiti is a programme series designed for the creators of children’s literature. Given the importance of children’s literature in shaping the thoughts of young children, this programme provides opportunities not only to share their creative experiences of the writers but also to know about various techniques that may be required for the enrichment of children’s literature in India. This programme takes place in all the 24 languages.
Bhashantara Anubhava is a regional programme where the poet in original language reads her / his poem followed by the translators reciting the said poem in translation in the languages of the region. Based on the principle of one creation in many tongues, Bhashantara Anubhava enable literary connoisseurs from several languages experience the pleasures, in one’s mother tongue, of poetry written in another language. Bhashantara Anubhava takes place across India grouping languages of the region.
Book Discussion is a programme where 2 or 3 scholars are invited, if possible, along with the author, to discuss a particular classic. This programme takes place in the offices of Sahitya Akademi in Delhi, Kolkata, Chennai, Bengaluru and Mumbai. Book Discussion takes place in all the 24 languages. To begin with Sahitya Akademi publications are being taken up for discussion. Later, with the evolution of the series, Akademi intends to take other classics to in a given language.
Creative Writing Workshop for Children
This programme takes place once a year in New Delhi. This workshop is restricted to children between the ages 9 and 16. Held under the name, Kissa O Kalam: The Speaking Pen, this unique workshop is conducted by various experts who teach children explore various possibilities in choosing the subject matter, how to write etc. Each workshop is held under one particular theme.
This platform is exclusively dedicated for Dalit writers, poets, critics and translators. The programme series include poetry reading, short story reading, reading in translation and panel discussion. This programme takes place in all the 24 languages. Typically, 4 or 5 Dalit writers are invited for participating in the programme which is followed by a question-answer session with the public. This programme is held once a month and in all the offices of Sahitya Akademi.
Festival of Letters
Annual event of Sahitya Akademi, Festival of Letters is the most unique, prestigious and inclusive of all the literary festivals in India. It typically involves more than 250 writers, critics, poets, translators, Dalit writers, transgender writers, women writers, young writers, distinguished award winners, tribal poets and so on. Festival of Letters is usually held in the month of February and in Delhi. The Festival includes presentation of Sahitya Akademi Awards, National Seminar on a topic of literary importance, Samvatsar Lecture, Tribal Poets’ Meet, discussions on translation, playwriting, media and literature, Transgender Writers’ Meet etc.
Gramalok is Sahitya Akademi’s Village Outreach programme. This programme takes places in all the 24 languages recognied by the Akademi. Through this programme, Sahitya Akademi provides platform for the talented young writers in the rural spaces who otherwise will not have any opportunity to express themselves. Through this programme, many talented young village writers have emerged over the past two years.
Kathasandhi is a programme where one eminent story writer or novelist is invited to present from her / his stories. In the programme, the author also explains the setting of plot, core, characters etc and how the whole story evolved. Apart from the pleasure of listening to their favourite author, the audience also get to know first-hand how their favourite stories evolved. This programme takes place in all the 24 languages.
In this programme, distinguished poet from a language is invited to recited her / his compositions and then a very eminent translator from another language reads out the translation. This programme is different from Bhashantara Anubhava in that in the latter a poem is recited in multiple translation whereas in Kavi Anuvadak it is one on one between 2 languages. This programme takes place in all the 24 languages.
Kavisandhi is a programme where one eminent poet from a particular language is invited to recited from her / his compositions. In the programme, the poet, apart from reading the poems, also explains various imageries, nuances and crafts deployed in each poem. Apart from the pleasure of listening to their favourite poet, the audience also get to know first hand how their favourite poems evolved. This programme takes place in all the 24 languages.
Literary Forum is the most popular and most organized of Sahitya Akademi’s literary programmes. Unlike the other programmes of Sahitya Akademi, Literary Forum is the shortest and yet can be very diverse. It can be a multilingual or may included multiple genres such as poetry reading or short story reading or translation. Typically, 3 to 4 writers are invited to participate in a Literary Forum. This programme takes place in all the 24 languages.
Loka: The Many Voices
Loka: The Many Voices is a literary programme featuring folktales and folksongs. The programme includes lectures and demonstration such as singing or dance or both. The lecture accompanying the demonstration often brings forth the hitherto unknown aspect of even popular folktales and folksongs. This programme takes place in all the 24 languages.
Meet the Author
This is a programme series where a distinguished author is invited to speak on her / his life and works, influences on one’s literary career, favourite literary creations and generally the world view of an author. This programme has been graced by many distinguished writers across India and has provided rare insights into the lives and works of many an author. This programme takes place in all the 24 languages.
Mulakat is a special platform for the young writers from different languages who have hardly any chances of exposure of their literary calibre. The programme typically contains reading from their creative productions, talks and exchanges. This programme takes place in all the 24 languages.
Nari Chetna is a literary programme series exclusively devoted to women writers of India. This platform enables women writers to express themselves and Nari Chetna typically contains poetry reading or short story reading or panel discussion. When held at the zonal or national level, Nari Chetna can have participants from different languages and also dabbling in different genres. This programme takes place in all the 24 languages.
North-Eastern Literary Festival
North Eastern Literary Festival is devoted exclusively for the writers, poets and critics from North Eastern regions of India. These include tribal and oral traditions of linguistically dense and rich North East. The primary objective of this Festival is to promote litterateurs of North East, especially the practitioners of tribal and oral traditions.
This programme takes place in all the 24 languages. Focusing on the literarily important topic panel discussions happen in all the writers’ meets, zonal meets, national writers’ meets, Festival of Letters, other literary festival and even in the programmes accompanying book fairs and exhibitions.
People & Books
The complement to the Meet the Author series, People & Books programme launched in 1989 is a platform where distinguished personality from any walk of life is invited to speak on the writings and writers who influenced her / him. This is one platform where distinguished and famous personalities from all walks of life and country have come and delivered lectures that are essentially inter-disciplinary in nature. This programme takes place in all the 24 languages.
Poetry reading is a programme where 3 to 4 poets are invited to recite their compositions in original language. This platform is different from Poets’ Meet which witnesses large number of poets participating. Poetry Reading programmes sometimes can be multilingual too.
The Poets’ Meet takes place in all the 24 languages. The Poets’ Meet typically last from half a day to 2 days and from 6 to 25 poets participate. Poets’ Meets can be in one language or multilingual when organized in zonal level. In these meets the aspiring and established poets participate and this provides rare opportunity for the upcoming poets to interact with and learn from the established poets.
This is a platform for the writers, poets, critics and translators of Indian Origin to reconnect with their mother tongues and motherland. This programme takes place in all the 24 languages. Prawasi Manch also enables the Indian writers settled in one part to connect with other Indian writers settled elsewhere through these programmes.
Purvottari is a platform for writers from North East to express themselves in a multicultural setting and also interact with writers, poets, critics and translators from other languages and literary traditions. Purvottari is organized by all the offices of Sahitya Akademi and is also part of various festivals including Festival of Letters
Samvatsar Lecture, as the name suggests, is an annual lecture delivered usually during the Festival of Letters. Samvatsar Lectures are delivered by distinguished writers and creative thinkers who have thorough understanding of Indian Literature. These lectures may reflect a deep concern for values and should open up new vistas of thinking regarding a literary movement, a current literary trend, some original thinking about a great writer or a great classic or a new path in literary criticism or literary creation.
Seminars organized by Sahitya Akademi in 24 languages recognized by it provide the platform for the creative writers to interact with academicians and scholars. Seminars of Sahitya Akademi are organized at regional, zonal, national and international levels. Each language board organizes at least one seminar in a year on a subject of great literary merit and every language board also get to organize commemorative seminars such as birth centenary seminars.
Sahitya Akademi organizes about 100 symposia every year in all the 24 languages. This platform provides ample opportunities to the writers of the language to debate and discuss literary topics of great importance. Like Seminars, every language board also get to organize commemorative symposia such as birth centenary symposia.
Through My Window
Through My Window is a programme series where a distinguished writer presents her or his impressions and thoughts on another distinguished contemporary writer in that language. These lectures and presentations often bring out unknown aspects / dimensions of the writer in question. This programme takes place in all the 24 languages.
Translation Workshops take place in all the 24 languages recognized by Sahitya Akademi. These translation workshops are organized with the with the aim of bringing together translators from different parts of the country, giving them a grounding in the theoretical and practical aspects of translation, and preparing them to meet the challenges that the translators have to face, especially in the multilingual Indian set up.
Tribal Poets’ Meet
Tribal traditions of India are a treasure trove with voices from polyphonic set up echoing and meeting each other. Poetry of Indian tribal traditions is one of the hallmarks of Indian literature. Sahitya Akademi every now and then organizes tribal poets’ meets in various part of the country bringing together tribal poets of the region. The Akademi also organizes national level “All India Tribal Poets’ Meets” that is apart from All India Tribal Writers’ Meet where prose writers and critics also participate.
Tribal Writers’ Meet
To promote and encourage Tribal writers in various regions of India, Sahitya Akademi organizes Tribal Writers’ Meet at regional, zonal and national levels. To bring different perspectives, Akademi brings together scholars who have studied several tribal languages and literature with the tribal writers and poets. This exchange of idea enriches not only individual writers but the literature of the given tribes.
Yuva Sahiti is a programme series devoted exclusively for the young writers in all the 24 languages recognized by the Akademi. This platform enables young writers to express themselves and also exchange ideas with fellow young writers in the given language and also from other languages. Yuva Sahiti in many languages organized in remote areas have unearthed several talented young writers.
Zonal Writers’ Meet
This is a programme series that is organized at zonal level. India is a land of many languages and literature emanating therein is mind boggling. To bring together these vast literatures even among the cognate languages, Sahitya Akademi instituted the series of Zonal Writers’ Meets. Also held under this platform is the popular North- Eastern and Other Zonal Writers’ Meet, such as North Eastern & Southern Writers’ Meet, North Eastern & Western Writers’ Meet, North Eastern & Northern Writers’ Meet and North Eastern & Eastern Writers’ Meet.