Magahi writer Shesh Anand Madhukar, who has been working extensively for the development of the language, was honoured with this year’s Sahitya Akademi Bhasha Samman award. The second writer of Magahi language to be given the award, Madhurkar was conferred the award, comprising a Rs 1 lakh cheque and a memento, by Sahitya Akademi President Vishwanath Prasad Tiwari.
Magahi language also known as Magadhi is language spoken in Bihar-Jharkhand region of eastern India. It has been derived from ancient language Magadhi Prakrit, spoken in ancient kingdom of Magadha. It is believed to be the language spoken by Gautama Buddha. It was official language of the Mauryan court, in which edicts of Ashoka were composed.
Madhukar has been working extensively for the development of the Magahi language. He had started his career as lecturer in Hindi. He entered in the field of literature in 1960 and since then he has immensely contributed in enrichment of language.
Bhasha Samman :
It identifies and honours literary works in those languages which are equally spoken in different parts of country by are not among 24 regional language recognised for Sahitya Akademi Awards. The award is attempt to make writers of other languages feel equally important. The award comprises Rs 1 lakh cheque and memento.