Poet Hemant Shesh gets Bihari Puraskar 2009
“Literature is a powerful tool for change. It has the power to create or destroy, depending on the desire of the author,” said Shivraj Patil, governor of Rajasthan and Punjab at the Bihari Award function on Saturday.jaipur Updated: Nov 27, 2010 23:42 IST
“Literature is a powerful tool for change. It has the power to create or destroy, depending on the desire of the author,” said Shivraj Patil, governor of Rajasthan and Punjab at the Bihari Award function on Saturday.
The Bhagwat Singh Mehta Auditorium at OTS, where the event was hosted, was packed with guests.
To a thunderous applause Patil, who was the chief guest, presented the recipient of Bihari Puraskar 2009, Hemant Shesh, with the award that comprises a plaque, a citation, and a cheque for R1 lakh. Shesh was felicitated for his collection of poetry ‘Jagah Jaisi Jagah’.
“Every art is born in loneliness, but is ingrained in the society. Literature cannot change the society, but it is a true representation of it,” said the poet who is also the district collector of Pratapgarh.
Complimenting Shesh’s work, chairperson of the KK Birla Foundation Shobhana Bhartia said, “Shesh’s collection of poems reflects daily joys and sorrows. The language is easy but its impact is strong.”
Out of the three literary awards instituted by KK Birla Foundation, the Bihari Puraskar is only for Rajasthani writers.
“Rajasthan is not only the land of forts, palaces and royalty, but it also has a strong tradition of folk literature and languages. Five crore people speak Rajasthani language. The language has now been recognised by the Sahitya Akademi and modern literature has developed in the language,” said Bhartia.
Some of the prominent guests present at the event were Union minister CP Joshi, Assembly speaker Deependra Singh Shekhawat, Congress leader Girija Vyas, mayor Jyoti Khandelwal, BJP leader Ghanshyam Tiwari, Rajya Sabha MP Ramdas Agarwal and state BJP chief Arun Chaturvedi.