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The annual lectures of the Sahitya Akademi known as Samvatsar Lectures are given by a distinguished writer and a creative thinker who has a thorough understanding of Indian literature. These lectures may reflect a deep concern for values and should open up new vistas of thinking regarding a literary movement, a current literary trend, some original thinking about a great writer or a great classic or a new path in literary criticism or literary creation.

The following scholars have delivered Samvatsar Lectures so far:

  • Sri S.H. Vatsyayan `Agyeya' on Smriti Ke Paridrishya (Perspectives of Memory) on 12 March 1986.
  • Sri Annanda Sankar Ray on Renaissance in Bengal: In Retrospect on 21-22 February 1987.
  • Prof. Umashankar Joshi on The Idea of Indian Literature on 19-20 February 1988.
  • Prof. K.R. Srinivasa lyengar on The Man of Letters and the Doomsday Clock on 18-19 February 1989.
  • Prof. K. Sivarama Karanth on My Concern for Life, Literature and Art on 20-21 February 1990.
  • Sri Vinda Karandikar on Literature as a Vital Art on 17-18 February 1991.
  • Dr. Ale Ahmad Suroor on Has Literature Failed? The Universal Element in Literature: Ghalib on 23-24 February 1992. The book is published under the title Literature: The Question and the Answer.
  • Prof. Vidya Niwas Misra on Sahrdaya on 18-19 February 1993.
  • Dr. Navakanta Barua on Folkways in Literature: An Aesthetic Imperative, on 16-17 February 1994.
  • Dr. Sitakant Mahapatra on Poetry and Passion: The Search for the Other Voice on 22-23 February 1995.
  • Sri Nirmal Verma on The Concept of Truth in Art on 24-25 February 1996 and on public demand repeated again on 19-20 February 1997.
  • Sri Subhas Mukhopadhyay on Indian Poetry after Independence: Towards a History of Sensibility on 12-13 March 1998.
  • Sri M.T. Vasudevan Nair on The Frontiers of Fiction on 24-25 February 1999.
  • Sri Kunwar Narain on Literature and New Economic Criticism on 23 February 2000.
  • Sri Niranjan Bhagat on Chitrangada : Tagore's Myth of Illusion and Reality on 21 February 2001.
  • Sri Vijay Tendulkar on Criminals and Killers : A Personal View on 20 February 2002.
  • Prof. C.D. Narasimhaiah on An Enquiry into the Indian English Literature on February 2003.
  • Prof. G.C. Pandey on Literature and Consciousnus on 25 February 2004.
  • Prof. K. Ayyappa Paniker on Like a River Fed by Many a Stream : Reflections on the Confluence of Cultures on 17 February 2005.
  • Sri Girish Karnad on Globalisation, Caste, Class etc. On 22 Feburary 2006.
  • Prof. U.R. Anantha Murthy, 2007
  • Prof. Manoj Das, 2008
  • Sri Amitav Ghosh, 2009
  • Dr. Karan Singh, 2010
  • Dr. A.P.J. Abdul Kalam, 2011
  • Dr. Surjit Patar, 2012
  • Dr. Bhalchandra Nemade, 2013
  • Prof. O.N.V. Kurup, 2014
  • Dr. Ashis Nandy, 2015
  • Dr. Chandrashekhar Dharmadhikari, 2016
  • Dr. Ramachandra Guha, 2017
  • Dr. S. L. Bhyrappa, 2018
  • Prof. Gopi Chand Narang, 2019


All these lectures have been brought out in book form by the Akademi except the last one which will be made available soon.

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