Poet Ramdarash Mishra gets Saraswati Samman for ‘Mein to Yahan Hun’ | Latest India News

Prominent Hindi poet and litterateur, Prof. Ramdarash Mishra, was awarded the Saraswati Samman for 2021 on Monday for his poetry collection ‘Mein to Yahan Hun’, which covers a range of social issues and societal concerns.

Established in 1991 by the KK Birla Foundation, the Saraswati Samman is one of the most prestigious literary prizes in the country. It is awarded annually to an outstanding literary work published within the past 10 years by a citizen of India in any of the languages ​​listed in Schedule VIII of the Constitution. It carries a cash prize of 15 lakh, citation and plaque.

The quote describes the award-winning collection, published in 2015, as a dark expression of the poet. “It is a huge canvas of shades of inner life, societal concerns, communalism, corruption, human perspectives, Dalit exploitation, disturbing urban cities, the exuberance of the season and the climate concerns: each of these topics has intense nuances in this collection…” read the quote.

The 31st Saraswati Samman was presented to Mishra at a ceremony in Delhi where eminent writer Prof. Vishwanath Prasad Tiwari was the chief guest.

Speaking on the occasion, Mishra said lived experiences are the foundation of her writing. “The experience I acquired in the village is fundamental. I spent my childhood and my youth in the village. Everything I have earned on my travels is there too, but my heart has always been in my village,” he said.

Born on August 15, 1924 in Dumri village, Gorakhpur district, Uttar Pradesh, Mishra excelled in different branches of Hindi literature. In a career spanning several decades, he has to his credit 32 collections of poetry, 15 novels, 30 short stories, 15 books of literary criticism, four collections of essays, travelogues and several memoirs. He has been a prominent member of different Hindi advisory committees in various government departments and retired as a professor in the Hindi department of Delhi University.

The recipient of the Saraswati Samman is chosen by a selection committee whose current head is Subhash Kashyap, a former Secretary General of the Lok Sabha Secretariat and a renowned constitutional expert.

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