Gujarati poet Sitanshu Yashashchandra awarded Saraswati Samman 2017

  • Noted Gujarati poet Sitanshu Yashashchandra has been awarded 27th Saraswati Samman,2017, for his poetry collection in Gujarati named “Vakhar”. 
  • Mr. Yashashchandra, recipient of the Padmashri in 2006, is known for seamlessly blending  history with poetry. He has explored politics of the times, the larger and more immediate human conditions in his award winning work “Vakhar”. 
  • This  award instituted by K.K.Birla foundation given every year to an outstanding work of an Indian citizen published during the last 10 years in any of the languages mentioned in Schedule 8 of the constitution. 
  • The inaugural award (1991) was given to Harivanshrai ‘Bachchan’ for his four volume autobiography, Kya Bhooloon Kya Yaad KaroonNeeda Ka Nirman PhirBasere Se Door and Dashdwar se Sopan Tak.
  • The award comprises of a citation and a plaque apart from award money of 15 lakh rupees. Noted film director and author Gulzar gave away the award at a solemn function at National museum auditorium in New Delhi this evening. 
  • Besides the Saraswati Samman, the K.K.Birla foundation also gives away two other literary awards Vyas Samman and Bihari Puraskar besides G.D  Birla Award for scientific research.

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