Jammu: A Well-known Kashmiri poet and writer, Prof Rehman Rahi has been chosen for first Sharf-e-Saqafat Award by the Jammu and Kashmir Academy of Art, Culture, and Languages (JKAACL).
“The first Sharf-e-Saqafat award is given to Prof Rahi for his outstanding contribution in the field of literature, academics and culture and his having earned a pan India reputation,” JKAACL statement said, quoting the panel chairperson, the noted writer Padma Sachdeva.
Born in 1925 Prof Rahi is known for his erudite Kashmiri poetry and English stories. Prof. Rahi has been the recipient of many coveted awards in the past, including Padma Shree, Kabir Samman, State Award, Sahitya Akademi Award, and Jnanpith.
Dr Aziz Hajini, Secretary JKAACL said: “Prof Rahi is a path-breaking poet, who deserved such an honour.”
“He has immensely enriched Kashmiri literature,” Hajini said adding it was on account of his multifaceted personality that the jury/panel decided to choose him for the 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 an eminent personality from the fields of arts, culture, and literature,” JKAACL statement said.
The expert panel was constituted with prominent Dogri writer, Padma Sachdeva as its chairperson, Secretary JKAACL as the Member Secretary. Others on the decision-making body included Jitender Singh, Masood Hussain, R. L. Shant, and MK Raina,” it said.
“Apart from announcing the first Sharf-e-Saqafat award, the Secretary JKAACL also announced that the academy was in the process of finalizing awards in various categories of performing arts for which the apex committee was meeting shortly,” the statement said.
The General Council of the academy has instituted awards in various categories of performing arts. The awards of Rs 1 lakh each will be given an annual rotational basis.