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Vyas Samman for Ramdarash Mishra and Narendra Kohli

The Vyas Samman, honouring the outstanding Hindi literary works, is conferred on noted writers - professor Ramdarash Mishra and Dr Narendra Kohli for 2011 and 2012 respectively, on Thursday. HT reports.

delhi Updated: May 23, 2013 23:55 IST
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The Vyas Samman, honouring the outstanding Hindi literary works, is conferred on noted writers - professor Ramdarash Mishra and Dr Narendra Kohli for 2011 and 2012 respectively, on Thursday.

Mishra (89) received the award for his collections of poems Aam ke patte where mundane objects like pen, table are vividly described to remind their unnoticed importance in human life.

Kohli (73) is honoured for his Na Bhooto Na Bhavishyati, a historical novel portraying Swami Vivekananda and the quest of the sanyasi for national unity.

The annual award instituted by the KK Birla Foundation is given to exceptional Hindi literary works of an Indian citizen published during the last 10 years and could belong to any genre of literary writing like poetry, plays, novels, short stories, critiques etc.

The award carrying a citation, a plaque and Rs 2.5 lakh prize is presented by professor Surya Prasad Dixit, a noted scholar of Hindi and chairman of the selection committee.

"I am pleased to receive the award from a luminary rather than from a politician," Mishra said describing his inspiration - lifeless things like a chair whose image, he jocularly added, is tarnished by politicians.

"From childhood I have been writing but it is the real life incidents - violent and distressing - that has brought out the Vishvamitra in me," Kohli said.