Chief minister Virbhadra Singh honoured renowned poet and critic Shriniwas Shrikant with the lifetime achievement award for his efforts of promoting and preserving the Hindi literature in a function organised by Himalaya Sahitya Avem Sanskriti Manch on Sunday.
The CM congratulated Shriniwas for the award and said that it was really an accomplishment in the field of the Hindi literature, a language which is widely acknowledged and understood in 'Bharat'.
Shriniwas, 78, made his strong presence felt as a critic in Hindi literature. He began his writing career with his anthology of poems 'Niyati' and since then there was no looking back for him. He was honoured by Dinkar Award by Rupambra, a National Hindi Academy for projecting relations between man and the nature.
“I attribute such awards as a real tribute to those writers, poets, historians and litterateurs who had devoted their entire life serving, conserving and promoting the literature across language barriers,” said Shriniwas.
The chief minister also released anthology of poems, 'Aadmi ki Duniya ka din' and a book titled 'Katha Trikon', a critical analysis by Shrikant that he devoted to his wife Nirmal Devi.
Tejinder Sharma from London, Manisha Kulshreshth and SR Harnot had contributed write-ups for the book.
Earlier, SR Harnot, president of Himalaya Sahityaby Avem Sanskriti Manch welcomed and honoured the chief minister and detailed the achievements of Shrikant Shriniwas in the field of Hindi literature.
Govt to reconstitute state art, language and cultural governing body.
Virbhadra said the Himachal Pradesh State Art, Language and Cultural Academy was not working as per the expectations and the government would re-constitute its governing body and would assure that the cultural and theatre activities and all such activities related with promotion of the literature be taken up by the academy systematically.