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The Kerala Sahitya Akademi is an autonomous institution established for the promotion and development of Malayalam language and literature. Formally inaugurated by the then Raja Pramukh late Chithira Thirunal Balarama Varma Raja of Travancore at Kanakakunu Palace, Thiruvananthapuram on 15th October, 1956, the Akademi started functioning in the Secretariat, Thiruvananthapuram and later on was shifted to a room in the Thrissur Museum Bungalow. In September, 1957 it was again shifted to the present beautiful building near the Thrissur Town Hall.

The Akademi functions under the overall control of a General Council consisting of eminent persons representing different branches of Malayalam literature, and is assisted by an Executive Board consisting of the President, Vice President, District Collector as Treasurer, Secretary of the Akademi and Secretary to Government in charge of Cultural Department or his nominee and persons elected by the General Council from among its members. Apart from this there will be a Finance Committee, with the Treasurer as the Chairman, a nominee of the Secretary to Government in charge of the Culture Department, a nominee of the Secretary to Government in charge of Finance Department, one member of the Executive Board nominated by the Committee and one member of the General Council nominated by the Council.


The Sahitya Akademi (साहित्य अकादमी) is an Indian organisation dedicated to the promotion of literature in the languages of India. Founded on March 12, 1954, it is supported by, though independent of, the Indian government. The Sahitya Akademi organises national and regional workshops and seminars; provides research and travel grants to authors; publishes books and journals, including the Encyclopaedia of Indian Literature; and presents the annual Sahitya Akademi Award of Rs. 50,000 (approx. USD 1,100) in each of the 22 languages it supports. The Sahitya Akademi Library is one of the most important[citation needed] multi-lingual libraries in India with a rich collection of books on literature and allied subjects. It also publishes two bimonthly literary journals -- Indian Literature in English and Samkaleen Bharatiya Sahitya in Hindi.The Sahitya Akademi was set up by the Government of India to foster and coordinate literary activities in all the Indian languages and to promote through them the cultural unity of India. The Akademi was formally launched by the Government of India on March 12, 1954. It was registered as a society on January 7, 1956 under the Societies Registration Act, 1860. Shri C. Rajagopalachari, scholar, addressing a Sahitya Akademi meeting, 12th June, 1964 The Government of India Resolution describes it as a national organisation instituted to work actively for the development of Indian letters and to set high literary standards 

The ICCR was founded in 1950 by Maulana Abul Kalam Azad, independent India's first Education Minister. The Council helps formulate and implement policies pertaining to India's external cultural relations, to foster mutual understanding between India and other countries and to promote cultural exchanges with other peoples.
The ICCR is about a communion of cultures, a creative dialogue with other nations.



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