Girdhar Rathi, noted poet, critic, translator and editor, has won the Bihari Puraskar for the year 2010.
Instituted by the K K Birla Foundation in 1991, Rathi's poetry collection, Anta Ke Sanshaya, this year bagged the prestigious award that carries a cash prize of Rs 1 lakh, a citation and a plaque.
"His poems help us understand our present milieu through deep philosophical insights, which gives Rathi a distinct position among the contemporary poets," said a release from the foundation.
With four volumes of poetry, two collections of essays and one travelogue to his credit, Rathi has also earned a name as a translator which includes translating 75 poems of Bertolt Brecht from German along with Reiner Lotse.
Born on August 13, 1946, in a village in Madhya Pradesh, he retired from Sahitya Akademi in 2003 where had been working as the editor of Samakaleen Bharatiya Sahitya.
The Bihari Puraskar, named after the famous Hindi poet Bihari, is awarded to an outstanding work published in Hindi or Rajasthani published in the past 10 years by a Rajasthani writer.
The category of Rajasthani writers includes those who have been staying in Rajasthan for the past seven years or more and the original residents of the state who are staying anywhere in the country now.