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Editor's Note

Prof.Vinayak Krishna Gokak, the former President of Sahitya Akademi and a pre-eminent Kannada writer once said "The Sahitya Akademi which is the National Academy of Letters is not merely concerned with a few distinguished writers. Less known writers, scattered over the length and breadth of the nation, are equally important to it." So, one of the first major projects which the Sahitya Akademi took up soon after its inception in 1954, was the compilation of a comprehensive 'Who's Who of Indian Writers'. The first edition was brought out in the year 1961. Thereafter, it ventured to publish two successive editions in 1983 and 1990.

The present edition will be available to the great republic of Indian writers on-line. At the outset, we devised a new entry form seeking precise information under different heads from the Writers in the domain of Creative Literature, Literary Criticism, Indological and Cultural Studies and peripheral allied fields. It was widely advertised in the press, asking writers with at least two or more publications to their credit to call for the entry form. Subsequently forms were sent out to writers in all the 24 Indian languages, including Indian-English, as recognized by the Sahitya Akademi, either at their request in response to the advertisement in the press or by the Akademi on its own. Many entries were also received on-line. We have made our requirements for inclusion in the volume clear: chiefly we have included writers who have responded to our questionnaires. In addition, we have also chosen select canonical/established/popular writers, eliciting information from standard source materials. Unlike previous works, this is a succinct and clear on-line directory, covers nearly five thousand bio-bibliographical entries of living writers in said languages. The information collected was processed under ten heads, namely,

(iv)Date & Place of Birth
(v)Education: Academic Degrees & Diplomas
(vi)Career: Present & Past Positions
(vii) Language: Mother Tongue & Other Languages Known
(viii)Honors: Awards & Titles
(ix) No. of Publication & Titles of Select Works
(x)Address: Postal Address, Email & Telephone Number

All entries have been made under a writer's surname. Again where one has no surname, his given name has been used. Where a writer is better known by his pen-name or other assumed name, it is provided with a cross-entry which refers to the main entry which is under his real name. In case of variations of spellings with regard to surnames, a writer has been listed under the actual spelling he uses for his name.

If some information is found wanting, it should not be construed as an editorial oversight. On the other-hand, many writers have failed to provide information in a legible manner. So we have discarded such entries, as said, they were unreadable. So omissions are not deliberate and we offer our apologies to such writers, as they do not figure in the present edition. Nevertheless, this is an on-going project. At any point of time the aspiring writers can send us their details either through online or offline forms available on our website, neatly typed in English, so they could be incorporated instantly.

We offer our deep gratitude to the authorities of the Akademi, for having trusted and entrusted us with this monumental project. Our sincere thanks to all the library professionals in the Akademi chiefly, Dr. Ashok Choudhury and Miss Yasmeen Jamil without whose help it would not have been possible for us to timely deliver this on-line directory. Thanks to Shri Avdhesh Kumar, Data Entry Operator for typing the manuscript with great care and diligence.

We hope it will be an indispensable reference tool, useful for writers, scholars, critics, literary enthusiasts and general browsers.

March 2015

Sufian Ahmad
Biswajit Sinha