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Four from J&K bag top Sahitya Akademi honours

JAMMU: Four writers from Jammu and Kashmir have been awarded with prestigious Sahitya Akademi Award-2022 for their literary works.

Prof Veena Gupta has won the Sahitya Akademi Award for her book in Dogri ‘Chhe Roopak’ (six radio features) in plays/dramas category while Prof Farooq Fayaz has been chosen for his book ‘Zael Dab’ in Literary Criticism category.

Prof Gupta has served as Head of the Department, PGD of Dogri , Convener Board of Studies in Dogri, Dean Faculty of Oriental Learning, Member, College Development Council University of Jammu, Expert in Subject Dogri in UGC and UPSC Convener Dogri Advisory Board.

Similarly, Prof Fayaz is a noted Kashmiri cultural Historian, poet and critic. His book offers a penetrating insight into the processes and diverse trends which had a role in shaping the texture of Kashmiri contemporary analytical literature. The marked feature of the book rests on its thematic variety and diversity.

Besides the duo, Nirmal Vinod and Shabnam Tilgami have also been awarded with Sahitya Akademi Prize for translations.

Nirmal Vinod was awarded for translation of Dehra Ch Ajj Bi Ugade N Saarhe Boohte in Dogri while Shabnam Tilgami was awarded for translating Gitanjali.

Original name of the book translated by Nirmal Vinod was ‘Our Trees Still Grow in Dehra’ (Short Stories) while Shabnam Tilgami’s original books which he translated was Gitanjali (Poetry), Bengali.

Meanwhile, Lieutenant Governor Manoj Sinha has congratulated all four writers for the awards.

“Heartiest congratulations to eminent writers Veena Gupta & Farooq Fayaz on winning Sahitya Akademi Award-2022 for their literary creations in Dogri and Kashmiri languages. I also congratulate Nirmal Vinod and Shabnam Tilgami for Sahitya Akademi Prize for translation,” a tweet by the Office of LG J&K said.

The awards announced for 23 languages include seven poetry collections, six novels, two story collections, two literary criticisms, three plays and one autobiography. It also announced the ‘Sahitya Akademi Translation’ awards for 2022. The awardees are given Rs 1 lakh in cash, a engraved copper plaque and a shawl.


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