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Sahitya Akademi award for litterateur Salon Karthak

Saturday, Jan 25, 2020 13:45 [IST]

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Sahitya Akademi award for litterateur Salon Karthak

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DARJEELING: Eminent Nepali litterateur Salon Karthak of Bombusty, Kalimpong is set to receive the prestigious Sahitya Akademi award for his book 'Biswa Euta Pallo Gaon' in the national capital next month.
The 73-year-old was born in Rimbick at Darjeeling on December 29, 1947 and has been living in Kalimpong. He started writing in the mid 70s with about 20 of his books published till now which include mostly travelogues and also short stories, biographies and books on Christianity. Salon said literary figures like Lain Singh Bangdel, Raj Narayan Pradhan, Indra Bahadur Rai, M.N. Gurung along with writer Kushwant Singh among many others has inspired him in his writings.
Expressing happiness on being selected for the prestigious national award for literature, Salon said, “I am happy that my name was chosen for the Sahitya Akademi award to be presented in Delhi on February 25. It took me some time to get it but I am proud.”
Biswa Euta Pallo Gaon is about travel with the writing not only descriptive but having an artistic touch in it.
“The travelogues that I have written are mostly of travel to various places in the country and abroad. I have visited about 35 countries and written about the places I have been to like USA, Canada, New Zealand, Africa, France, Neatherlands, Italy and in our country like Kanyakumari, Madras, Arunachal Pradesh among others. I had visited these places on work or through my personal interest,” he said adding that he worked as a Mission Executive in an international organization in Kathmandu.
Other works by Salon include travelogues like Samudra Wari Samudra Pari (1976) and Bidesh Tira Ringdey Zada (1996), short stories Hastantaran (1996) and a biography Padri Ganga Prasad Pradhan. He is now presently working on another travelogue.
Karthak has won various accolades in the past for literature like the Srastha Puraskar in the year 1992 in Sikkim, the Paras Mani Puraskar in 2011, Lal Maan Sancharani Puraskar from Sikkim in the year 2016. He also received the Dr. Shova Kanti Thegin Puraskar in the year 2017 at Gangtok followed by the Shiv Kumar Rai Pratisthan Puraskar in the year 2017.
Salon did his schooling from Scottish Universities' Mission Institution (SUMI) Kalimpong followed by a degree in Arts from Kalimpong College. He did his M.Ed from North Eastern Hill University, Shillong and MA from North Bengal University in Nepali literature.

Sikkim at a Glance

  • Area: 7096 Sq Kms
  • Capital: Gangtok
  • Altitude: 5,840 ft
  • Population: 6.10 Lakhs
  • Topography: Hilly terrain elevation from 600 to over 28,509 ft above sea level
  • Climate:
  • Summer: Min- 13°C - Max 21°C
  • Winter: Min- 0.48°C - Max 13°C
  • Rainfall: 325 cms per annum
  • Language Spoken: Nepali, Bhutia, Lepcha, Tibetan, English, Hindi