Sahitya Akademi Award to Santali at New Delhi ON 20TH FEBRUARY 2008
Sahitya Akademi awarded 24 authors in different languages for the year 2007. The awardees are: Mrs. Purabi Bormudoi, Assamese; Mr. Samarendra Sengupta, Bengali; Mr. Janil Kumar Brahma, Bodo; Mr. Gian Singh Pagoch, Dogri; Mrs. Malathi Rao, English; Mr. Rajendra Shukla, Gujarati; Mr. Amarkant, Hindi; Mr. Kum. Veerabhadrappa, Kannada; Mr. Ratan Lal Shant, Kashmiri; Mr. Devidas R. Kadam, Konkani; Mr. Pradip Bihari, Maithili; Mr. A. Sethumadhavan, Malayalam; Mr. B. M. Maisnamba, Manipuri; Mr. G. M. Pawar, Marathi; Mr. Lakshman Srimal, Nepali; Late Dipak Mishra, Oriya; Mr. Jaswant Deed, Punjabi; Mr. Kundan Mali, Rajasthani; Mr. Hari Dutt Sharma, Sanskrit; Mr. Kherwal Saren, Santali; Mr. Vasudev Nirmal, Sindhi; Mr. Neela Padmanabhan, Tamil; Late Gadiyaram Ramakrishna Sarma, Telugu; Mr. Wahab Ashrafi, Urdu.
Kherwal Saren was born in 1957 at Raghunathpur, Post office Bela Tikri, Medinipur, West Bengal. After his graduation from Seva Bharati Mahavidyalaya, he took his Masters in Political Science from Rabindra Bharati University, Kolkata. Besides Santali, he knows Bengali, English and Hindi also. Presently working as Senior Assistant in the State Bank of India, Jhargram Branch, West Bengal. Began writing at an early stage. Some of his important works are Kherwal Ko Disa Kate, Sari Se Nase Bengal Rase, Bahamai, Thari Dakare Met Dak and Serenj Akalare Kherwal. He has edited a monthly magazine Avensakwa and presently is the editor of a quarterly magazine Kherwal Jaher. Recipient of Gurugomke Award from AISWA and Lahanti Patrika Award etc. His award winning Drama book Chet Re Chikayena depicts the present day real situation of rivalry politics involving atrocitie, killing and kidnapping among rival groups. The style of depiction is simple and attractive and creates vivid sequences for performance. The play has its relevance in the disturbing political environment that must seek peace and development of villages and the welfare of the people. The play is a brilliant addition to Indian dramatic literature in Santali.