Indian Literature (journal)

Indian Literature  
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cover page (Nov. Dec. 2008 issue)
Edited byA. J. Thomas
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Standard abbreviations
ISO 4Indian Lit.
OCLC no.1716981

Indian Literature is official English Language literary journal published bi-monthly by the Sahitya Akademi, India's National Academy of Letters.

History and profileEdit

The Sahitya Akademi[1] first launched Indian Literature in 1957 as a half-yearly journal in English that chronicled the activities of the Akademi. In the words of Krishna Kripalani, the first editor of Indian Literature, the modest aim of the journal was:[2]

  1. To help the writers and readers in the languages of India to know each other better, i.e., a focus on translations to and from Indian languages;
  2. To coordinate literary activities in the Indian languages; and
  3. To supply and propagate information regarding Indian literature.

The current editor of the journal is A. J. Thomas. Previous editors include K. Satchidanandan and H.S. Shivaprakash.

Over the years the journal has changed its outlook and now, besides Akademi activities, it also showcases contemporary literary criticism, original creative literary output (in the form of English translation) from different parts of India in the 24 recognized Indian languages as well as the many minor languages like Bhojpuri, Tulu, Meitei and Kui, etc.

The journal completed its 50th year in 2007. On this occasion Sahitya Akademi gave away the Indian Literature Golden Jubilee Translation Awards to the following poets :-

In 2014, Indian Literature became a bi-monthly journal.[3]


  1. ^ Sahitya Akademi Archived 2 February 2008 at the Wayback Machine
  2. ^ "Editorial Note". Indian Literature. 1 (1): 1–3. 1 January 1957. JSTOR 23328603.
  3. ^ "Indian Literature". Sahitya Akademi. Retrieved 7 July 2018.

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