The award for Sanskrit is the last of the 24 to be announced. The winners include photographer and Gujarati writer Ashvin Mehta, who passed away last year. The award includes an engraved copper plaque, a shawl and a cheque for Rs. 100,000. They will be distributed in March during the Festival of Letters to be held in New Delhi.
Mr. Dwivedi won the award for his collection of 16 short stories called ‘Kanakalochanaha’. He is an author of four books and was earlier a professor at Mahatma Gandhi Kashi Vidyapeeth, Varanasi. In 2012, he also served as a member of the selection committee for the Akademi’s prize for translation.