Telugu writer selected for Central Sahithya Academy Award

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Noted Telugu writer and feminist Popuri Lalitha Kumari, who uses the pen name Volga, has been selected for the prestigious Central Sahitya Academy Award for 2015 for her compilation of short stories titled Vimuktha. Volga said, “It is a great honour for my work. According to the policy of the Sahitya Academy, my book will be translated into all Indian languages, and it is an opportunity for my work to reach readers across the nation.” On Vimuktha, she said: “It is a compilation of five short stories which are based on Sita’s interactions with other mythological female characters Surp-anakha, Ahalya, Renuka and Urmila and how their feelings and experiences influenced Sita to get ‘vimukthi’ by going into the lap of her mother bhoodevi.

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