Vishwanath Prasad Tiwari selected for Vyas Samman

Updated on Mar 11, 2011 12:16 AM IST

Noted Hindi poet Vishwanath Prasad Tiwari has been selected for the 20th Vyas Samman for his poetry collection, 'Phir Bhi Kuch Rah Jayega'. The prestigious award instituted by the KK Birla Foundation carries an award of Rs 2.5 lakh. Tiwari, 71, was selected for his work, a collection of 34 poems. HT reports.

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Hindustan Times | By, New Delhi

Noted Hindi poet Vishwanath Prasad Tiwari has been selected for the 20th Vyas Samman for his poetry collection, Phir Bhi Kuch Rah Jayega. The prestigious award instituted by the KK Birla Foundation carries an award of Rs 2.5 lakh. Tiwari, 71, was selected for his work, a collection of 34 poems.

The collection strikes a special note as it focuses on humanity and its many folds. Around half a dozen poems are on women.

If a poem like Kahan Dekha Hai Ise outlines the history of considerations related with women, Anant Janmon Ki Katha, Bhaya, Deh and Uske Dukh stir us for their allusions to myths and legends of yore. Title poem Phir Bhi Kuch Rah Jayega is at the end of the collection and it unfolds a dialogue.

A committee presided by eminent litterateur and former head of the department of Hindi in the Lucknow university professor Surya Prasad Dixit selected the literary work through a rigorous process.

The selection committee also included Dr Kailash Vajpeyi, professor Ramesh Chandra Shah, professor S Sesharatnam, Dr Deepak Prakash Tyagi, SM Agarwal, and director of the KK Birla Foundation NK Bhattacharjee.

Tiwari has a special place as a poet, editor and critic. Apart from his work in verse, Tiwari has published seven anthologies, seven works in criticism, two travelogues, a memoir and a collection of interviews.

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