Sai Paranjpye at Sahitya Akademi for Reading Session of her new work Birwa

Sahitya Akademi, the premier organization in India that has been working incessantly to promote Indian Literature around the world, brought yet another rare treat to the connoisseurs of Literature in the city with a reading session by none other than Sai Paranjpye, one of India’s most revered playwrights and film directors, who has given the Indian cinema unforgettable award-winning movies like Sparsh, Katha, Chasme Buddoor, and Disha!

Sai Paranjpye read select sections from her latest work, Birwa, and had the audience mesmerized with her inimitable storytelling abilities. The sections that she chose to read were the ones that could touch the heart of almost anybody and force them hang on to every word that she said. And in the end, the audience was left yearning for more!

Said Ms.Sai Paranjpye, “This evening we are presenting the Hindi translation by Rekha Deshpande, of my recent Marathi play ‘Ivalese Ropa’. What an honour to have the prestigious Sahitya Akademi host this reading. It is a privilege to have Delhi’s veteran actor Banwari Taneja co-present this reading with me.”

Sahitya Akademi undertakes various initiatives in its ongoing endeavour to promote Literature amongst the masses and showcase the works of various authors on a national platform. As a part of its latest initiatives, Sahitya Akademi recently conducted the “Indo-Czech Writers’ Meet” and the “North-East and Northern Poets’ Meet” at the ongoing New Delhi World Book Festival 2014.

Mr. K. Sreenivasarao, Secretary, Sahitya Akademi, spoke about the growing opportunities for and the need to provide support, recognition and visibility to the Indian writers. He also announced that the Sahitya Akademi will stay true to its commitment and do everything possible to promote writers both in India and abroad under it’s flagship programme, Indian Literature Abroad (ILA).

About Sahitya Akademi
Sahitya Akademi, India’s National Academy of Letters, is the central institution for literary dialogue, publication and promotion in the country and the only institution that undertakes literary activities in twenty-four Indian languages, including English. Over the 56 years of its dynamic existence, it has ceaselessly endeavored to promote good taste and healthy reading habits, to keep alive the intimate dialogue among the various linguistic and literary zones and groups through seminars, lectures, symposia, discussions, readings and performances, to increase the pace of mutual translations through workshops and individual assignments and to develop a serious literary culture through the publications of journals, monographs, individual creative works of every genre, anthologies, encyclopedias, dictionaries, bibliographies, who’s who of writers and histories of literature. It has so for brought out over 6000 books, the present pace of publication being one book every thirty hours. Every year the Akademi holds at least thirty seminars at regional, national and international levels along with the workshops and literary gatherings-about 250 in number per year, under various heads like Meet the Author, Samvad, Kavisandhi, Kathasandhi, Loka: The Many Voices, Men and Books, Through My Window, Mulakat, Asmita, Antaral, Yuva Sahiti, Bal Sahiti, Nari Chetna, Purvottari, Avishkar and Literary Forum meetings. More details are available on the official website of Sahitya Akademi at


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