Noted poet and MLC Gorati Venkanna have bagged the Kendra Sahitya Akademi award from his anthology of poetry, while writer Devaraju Maharaju got an award in the children’s category for his drama and Mr Tagulla Gopal secured the award under younger writers award.
This was the first time the Telangana got the awards in all three categories. Cheerful chief minister K Chandrasekhar Rao congratulated the awardees and said the Telangana literature got recognition now.
“Mr Venkanna’s songs played a great role during the separate Telangana movement and he deserved the award,” he said.
The Kendra Sahitya Akademic has announced awards in all 20 languages of the country and in the Telugu language, all the awards were won by poets and writers of Telangana state which is prestigious for the state.