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Birla Foundation awards announced

india Updated: Feb 20, 2008 17:46 IST
HT Correspondent

Noted Sanskrit scholar Mahakavi Swami Rambhadrachrya has bagged the 16th Vachaspati Puraskar for 2007 which carries a cash award of Rs 1 lakh. The Swami has been chosen, for the honour, for his work Sribhargavaraghaviyam.

According to a KK Birla Foundation press release, the Vachaspati award instituted in 1992 is to accord recognition to Sanskrit works published during the last decade.

The Swami, though visually impaired, has written more than 50 books in Hindi and Sanskrit. He is the recipient of many degrees, including a PhD and a D. Lit.

His work selected for the Vachaspati Puraskar is an epic on the lines of great Sanskrit mahakavyas. It is divided into 21 chapters with each chapter having 101 shlokas. In recognition of his literary pursuits, UP Government has appointed him lifetime Vice-Chancellor of the university for the Disabled.

The foundation has also announced the Bihari Puraskar — for best literary works in Hindi or Rajasthani by persons belonging to Rajasthan.

The 2007 Bihari award has been given to Yashwant Vyas for his novel Comrade Godse. It carries a cash reward of Rs 1 lakh.

Madhya Pradesh-born Vyas has so far written over half a dozen books, including novels, a collection of satire and research work on regional journalism. He is also the founder editor of Bhaskar group's magazine Aha Zindagi. Comrade Godse is also a satire dealing with the problem of communalism.

Vyas was selected for the honour by a committee headed by Prof Rama Singh, former HOD Hindi of Jodhpur university. Its other members are Kshama Sharma, Prof Surendra Upadhyay, Krishna Kumar Sharma, Shaktidann Kaviya, Surajmal Agarwal and N K Bhattacharjee.

Professor R.S. Tripathi has been awarded the Shankar Puraskar for 2007 which carries a cash award of Rs 1,50,000. This award is given to honour an outstanding work published in Hindi on Indian philosophy, culture and art during the last 10 years.

Tripathi has been selected for the honour for his work Baudh Darshan Prasthan. He was selected for the award by a committee headed by

Prof Sibesh Bhattacharya, former head of the department of ancient history, culture and archaeology, Allahabad University.

Tripathi has devoted his entire life to study rare and unknown facets of Buddhist literature. He was the dean at Sampoornand University for three decades. He also translated the original Buddhist granth from Bhot language to Sanskrit. He has studied both Pali and Sanskrit.

His book Boudh Darshan Prasthaan is a work in Hindi explaining Buddhist philosophy. He has extensively used Tibetan sources in the compilation of this book, the foundation further stated.