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Since 1987, Sahitya Akademi, periodically arranges a programme called Meet the Author in which a distinguished writer is invited to speak on his life and works so that other writers and scholars have a deep and personal understanding of the writer and his writings. The speech lasting for about 40 minutes is usually followed by a lively discussion for another 30 to 40 minutes. Initially the programme was planned to be held in New Delhi only, but these are also held in Mumbai, Kolkata, Bangalore and Chennai where the Akademi has its offices and other cities.


Since September 1987, the following distinguished writers have participated in this programme:


  • Vinayak Krishna Gokak (Kannada and English)
  • Thakazhi Sivasankara Pillai (Malayalam)
  • Gangadhar Gadgil (Marathi)
  • Amritlal Nagar (Hindi)
  • Sombhu Mitra (Bengali)
  • Nayantara Sahgal (English)
  • Amrita Pritam (Punjabi)
  • Akhtar-ul-Imam (Urdu)
  • Girish Karnad (Kannada)
  • Birendra Kumar Bhattacharyya (Assamese)
  • Amrit Rai (Hindi)
  • Vijay Tendulkar (Marathi)
  • Subhas Mukhopadhyay (Bengali)
  • Harindra Dave (Gujarati)
  • U.R. Anantha Murthy (Kannada)
  • Navkanta Barua (Assamese)
  • Gopinath Mohanty (Oriya)
  • Vyankatesh Madgulkar (Marathi)
  • D. Jayakanthan (Tamil)
  • Anand Narain Mulla (Urdu)
  • Vishnu Prabhakar (Hindi)
  • Indira Parthasarthy (Tamil)
  • Kamala Das (English and Malayalam)
  • Manoj Das (Oriya and English)
  • Qurratulain Hyder (Urdu)
  • Mangesh Padgaonkar (Marathi)
  • Suresh Dalal (Gujarati)
  • C. Narayana Reddy (Telugu)
  • K.R. Srinivasa lyengar (English and Tamil)
  • Bimal Kar (Bengali)
  • Mahasweta Devi (Bengali)
  • M.T. Vasudevan Nair (Malayalam)
  • Popati R. Hiranandani (Sindhi)
  • S.N. Pendse (Marathi)
  • Manoranjan Das (Oriya)
  • Mulk Raj Anand (English)
  • Krishna Sobti (Hindi)
  • Nirmal Verma (Hindi)
  • O.V. Vijayan (Malayalam)
  • Arun Mitra (Bengali)
  • Nissim Ezekiel (English)
  • Anita Desai (English)
  • Indira Goswami (Assamese)
  • Vasant Kanetkar (Marathi)
  • C.F.D'Costa (Konkani)
  • Sitakant Mahapatra (Oriya)
  • Harbhajan Singh (Punjabi)
  • Bhisham Sahni (Hindi)
  • Gulabdas Broker (Gujarati)
  • Narayan Surve (Marathi)
  • Manoharrai L. Sar Dessai (Konkani)
  • Ramakanta Rath (Oriya)
  • Neela Padmanabhan (Malayalam and Tamil)
  • Ram Vilas Sharma (Hindi)
  • Rajam Krishnan (Tamil)
  • Sunil Gangopadhyay (Bengali)
  • Gulam Mohammed Sheikh (Gujarati)
  • Daya Pawar (Marathi)
  • B.C. Ramachandra Sharma (Kannada)
  • Bhalchandra Nemade (Marathi)
  • Manubhai Pancholi `Darshak' (Gujarati)
  • M.V. Venkataram (Tamil)
  • Ashokamitran (Tamil)
  • V.J.P. Saldanha (Konkani)
  • Rajendra Shah (Gujarati)
  • Amiyabhushan Majumdar (Bengali)
  • Surendra Jha `Suman' (Maithili)
  • Seshendra Sharma (Telugu)
  • Kedarnath Singh (Hindi)
  • Gnanakoothan (Tamil)
  • Nirmal Prabha Bardoloi (Assamese)
  • Ajeet Cour (Punjabi)
  • Shashi Deshpande (English)
  • P. Lal (English)
  • G.M.B. Rodrigues (Konkani)
  • Padma Sachdev (Dogri)
  • Vijay Dan Detha (Rajasthani)
  • Sirshendu Mukhopadhyay (Bengali)
  • Jayanta Mahapatra (Oriya and English)
  • Labhshanker Thaker (Gujarati
  • Krishin Khatwani (Sindhi)
  • Mirza G.H. Beg Arif (Kashmiri)
  • Upendra Nath Jha `Vyas' (Maithili)
  • Krishna Baldev Vaid (Hindi)
  • Niranjan Bhagat (Gujarati)
  • Kartar Singh Duggal (Punjabi)
  • Tulsiram Sharma `Kashyap' (Nepali)
  • Gobind Malhi (Sindhi)
  • Chandrakant Keni (Konkani)
  • Su. Samuthiram (Tamil)
  • B.V. Baliga (Konkani)
  • N.K. Pandya `Ushanas' (Gujarati
  • Kove Manisekaran (Tamil)
  • Chandranath Misra `Amar' (Maithili)
  • Hari Daryani `Dilgir' (Sindhi)
  • Ali Sardar Jafri (Urdu)
  • Keki N. Daruwalla (English)
  • Balraj Komal (Urdu)
  • Kunwar Narayan (Hindi)
  • Sitanshu Yashaschandra (Gujarati)
  • Jeelani Bano (Urdu)
  • Shrilal Shukla (Hindi)
  • T.M.C. Raghunathan (Tamil)
  • Ki. Rajanarayanan (Tamil)
  • Arjan Mirchandani `Shad' (Sindhi)
  • Amin Kamil (Kashmiri)
  • Vyasaraya Ballal (Kannada)
  • Vasireddy Seethadevi (Telugu)
  • Devnuru Mahadeva (Kannada)
  • Siddalingaiah (Kannada)
  • O.n.v. Kurup (Malayalam)
  • Dilip Chitre (Marathi)
  • Kamleshwar (Hindi)
  • Gurdial Singh (Punjabi)
  • M.Y. Taing (Kashmiri)
  • P. G. Kamath (Konkani)
  • Aravinda Malagatti (Kannada)
  • Bhanu Mushtak (Kannada)
  • Jayakanta Mishra (Maithili)
  • Chandraprakash Deval (Rajasthani)
  • Hariprasad Gorkha Rai (Nepali)
  • Jayant Pathak (Gujarati)
  • Kirat Babani (Sindhi)
  • Bholabhai Patel (Gujarati)
  • Prabhu Chhugani `Wafa' (Sindhi)
  • Vasant Abaji Dahake (Marathi)
  • Ponneelan (Tamil)
  • Chandrasekhara Kambar (Kannada)
  • N. P. Mohammed (Malayalam)
  • Shiv K. Kumar (English)
  • Joginder Paul (Urdu)
  • Gulzar (Urdu)
  • Ashok Vajpayee (Hindi)
  • Prapanjan (Tamil)
  • Ved Rahi (Kashmiri)
  • Pandit Govind Jha (Maithili)
  • J. P. Das (Oriya)
  • Ranganath Pathare (Marathi)
  • Chandrakant Sheth (Gujarati)
  • Om Goswami (Dogri)
  • Govind Jha (Maithili)
  • M. Mukundan (Malayalam)
  • Sirpi Balasubramaniam (Tamil)
  • Raghuveer Chaudhari (Gujarati)
  • Mahesh Elkunchwar (Marathi)
  • Kiran Nagarkar (English)
  • Rajendra Yadav (Hindi)
  • Mohan Bhandari (Hindi)
  • Khirubhai Thaker (Hindi)
  • Alokeranjan Dasgupta (Bengali)
  • A. J. Uttam (Hindi)
  • M. M. Gurang (Marathi)
  • J. B. Moraes (Marathi)
  • Maheep Singh (Marathi)
  • Manohar Shyam Joshi (Marathi)
  • Kamal Desai (Marathi)
  • Mughni Tabassum (Marathi)
  • Bashaw Nawaz (Marathi)
  • Sundara Ramaswamy (Tamil)
  • Amit Chaudhuri (English)
  • Salahuddin Pervez (Urdu)
  • Nabaneeta Deb Sen (Bengali)
  • Trilochan Shastri (Hindi)
  • M. Kamal (Hindi)
  • Indra Bahadur Rai (Hindi)
  • Asha Bage (Marathi)
  • Kovilan (Malayalam)
  • Chandrakant Topiwala (Gujarati)
  • Nilamber Dev Sharma (Dogri)
  • Upamanyu Chatterjee (English)
  • Chaman Nahal (English)
  • Santanu Kumar Acharya (Driya)
  • Hijam Guno Singh (Manpuri)
  • Magan Pathik (Nepali)
  • Ramesh Parekl (Gujrati)
  • Abburi Chayc Devi (Telugu)
  • Magan Pathik (Nepali)
  • Vishnulal Upadhyay (Nepali)
  • Mayanand Mishra (Maithili)
  • Naveen (Telugu)
  • Arjan Hasid (Sindhi)
  • Arjun Dev Charan (Rajasthani)
  • Dhiruben Patel (Gujarat)

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Last Updated : 15.10.2018