Aam Ke Patte, a collection of poems by eminent Hindi writer Ramdarash Mishra, has been chosen for the KK Birla Foundation’s prestigious Vyas Samman 2011.
The award, instituted in 1991, is a leading prize given to a Hindi work published not more than 10 years before the year of the award.
After the Saraswati Samman, which is given for a work chosen from among works in all leading Indian languages, the Vyas Samman is the most prestigious award given by the Foundation. Its speciality is that it keeps the work rather than the author as the locus.
Aam Ke Patte was published in 2004. A selection committee headed by Suryaprasad Dixit, a well-known writer and former chairperson of Lucknow University’s Hindi department, chose it for the award. The prize money for Vyas Samman is R2.5 lakh.
Professor Mishra, a veteran writer, was born on August 15, 1924, in Uttar Pradesh’s Gorakhpur district. He served in Delhi University’s Hindi department and retired as professor there. His published works include 16 collections of poetry, 13 novels and 18 short story collections.
Previous winners of the Vyas Samman include Shrilal Shukla, Kedarnath Singh and Ram Vilas Sharma.