Srinagar: Renowned Kashmiri poet and Jnanpith awardee litterateur, Prof. Rehman Rahi has been chosen for first Sharf-e-Saqafat Award, the Jammu and Kashmir (JKAACL) announced Tuesday.
Born in 1925 Prof. Rahi is known for his erudite Kashmiri poetry. A person of pan India standing, this former professor emeritus of University of Kashmir is widely known for depth of his poetry.
“The jury / panel arrived at the unanimous decision that the first Sharf-e-Saqafat award be given to Prof. Rehman Rahi for his outstanding contribution in the field of literature, academics and culture and his having earned a pan India reputation,” a statement of JKAACL said.
As per the statement secretary JKAACL, Dr. Aziz Hajini said that Prof. Rehman Rahi is a path-breaking poet, who deserved such an honour.
It may be recalled that in its meeting held in December, 2016, the General Council of the JKAACL decided to institute the Sharf-e-Saqafat award of Rs 10 lakh to be given once in two years to any eminent personality from the fields of arts, culture and literature.