Feb. 28, 2021

A distinguished scholar, writer, translator and critic, Professor Velcheru Narayana Rao has been elected honorary fellow of Sahitya Akademi.


  • The election of Narayana Rao has been made based on his contribution to the Telugu literature.

  • His publications include Girls for Sale: Kanyashulkam and A play from Colonial India.

Do you know?

  • The Sahitya Akademi Fellowship is a literary honour in India bestowed by the Sahitya Akademi, India's National Academy of Letters.

  • It is the highest honour conferred by the Akademi on a living writer, the number of fellows at no time exceeding 21.

  • Elected from among writers thought by the Akademi to be of acknowledged merit, the fellows are sometimes described as the "immortals of Indian literature."

  • Sarvepalli Radhakrishnan was the first writer elected to the Fellowship; Mulk Raj Anand was the first Indian English writer to be inducted in 1989.