Noting the growing spread of Hindi in the UK, West Bengal governor Keshari Nath Tripathi on Thursday presented awards to several Britain-based Hindi writers and teachers, and said the quality of their contribution was no less than of those based in India.
Tripathi, who recalled coming to London over the years for Hindi-related events and activities, presented the awards for 2015 and 2016 during a UK Hindi Samman Samaroh event attended by more than 200 people in the Gandhi Hall of the Indian high commission on Thursday.
“Publications in India encourage Hindi writers based abroad. I have seen Hindi growing in popularity in Britain. Since Hindi writers based abroad are immersed in other cultures, their work further enriches Hindi literature with new insights,” Tripathi said.
The writers, teachers, journalists and organisations felicitated by Tripathi and Indian high commissioner Y K Sinha were:
(For 2015) Harivansh Rai Bachchan UK Hindi Literary Award: Shyam Manohar Pandey, John Gilchrist UK Hindi Shikshan Samman: Aruna Ajitsaria, Acharya Mahavir Prasad Dwivedi Award for Journalism: Vijay Rana, and the Frederick Pincott UK Award for Dedication to Hindi Propagation: Indian Community Centre, Belfast.
(For 2016) Harivansh Rai Bachchan UK Hindi Literary Award: Pran Sharma, John Gilchrist UK Hindi Shikshan Samman: Surekha Chopala, Acharya Mahavir Prasad Dwivedi Award for Journalism: Ambar Anu. Frederick Pincott Award for Dedication to Hindi Propagation: International Hindi Society, UK.
Tripathi also released a new collection of short stories, Saat Kadam, by Nottingham-based Jay Varma.