"Words are the only jewels I possess, words are the only clothes I wear, words are the only food that sustains my life, words are the only wealth I distribute among people."
These lines of Sant Tukaram could well apply to Sahitya Akademi that is one of the biggest and most unique publishers of books and journals in India. Sahitya Akademi, the National Academy of Letters in India established in 1954 is dedicated to the popularisation of the most excellent works of Indian literature, to the setting of the highest standards of literary awareness and sensibility and to the go up building of deep cultural and emotional bonds among the different linguistic communities of India.
The Sahitya Akademi, is the central institution for literary dialogue, publication and prmotion in the country and the only institution that undertakes literary activities in 24 Indian languages, including English. Over the 56 years of its dynamic existence, it has ceaselessly endeavored to promote good taste and healthy reading habits, to keep alive the intimate dialogue among the various linguistic and literary zones and groups through seminars, lectures, symposia, discussions, readings and performances, to increase the pace of mutual translations through workshops and individual assignments and to develop a serious literary culture through the publications of journals, monographs, individual creative works of every genre, anthologies, encyclopedias, dictionaries, bibliographies, who's who of writers and histories of literature. It has so for brought out over 4200 books, the present pace of publication being one book every 30 hours. Every year the Akademi holds at least 30 seminars at regional, national and international levels along with the workshops and literary gatherings-about 200 in number per year, under various heads like Meet the Author, Samvad, Kavisandhi, Kathasandhi, Loka: The Many Voices, Men and Books, Through My Window, Mulakat, Asmita, Antaral, Avishkar and Literary Forum meetings.