Buzzing Chandigarh Sept,13: (Poonam) Dogri language and its writers will be celebrated at a glittering award ceremony being jointly organised by Kunwar Viyogi Memorial Trust and Dogri Sanstha Jammu on Sunday. To be held at the newly constructed Kunwar Viyogi Auditorium, at Dogri Sanstha, the two awards – Kunwar Viyogi Sahitya Kala Samaan and Kunwar Viyogi Sahitya Puraskaar will be awarded to one of Dogri’s most beloved writers and Sahitya Akademi awardee late Chhatrapal Saraf (posthumously) and young writer Roshan Lal Bral. Both the recipients will be awarded with a state of the art memento, a shawl and cash prize.
Chhatrapal will be the first recipient of Kunwar Viyogi Sahitya Kala Samaan that has been instituted to honour the iconic Dogri writers. A jury comprising of noted Dogri writers Prof Veena Gupta, Gyaneshwar and Dogri Sanstha President Lalit Mangotra finalised Chhatrapal Saraf’s name before his unfortunate demise, following a brief illness. Kunwar Viyogi Sahitya Kala Samman, will be presented annually by the Trust and Dogri Sanstha, Jammu to Dogri artist for their “outstanding contribution towards Dogri language, literature and its varied artforms”.
Well known literary experts, teachers, critics, universities, and literary and language associations provide nominations for the award annually. All the nominations will be scrutinized by a jury and their recommendations submitted to the Dogri Sanstha consisting of members of “high repute and integrity”.
Kunwar Viyogi Sahitya Puraskaar will be awarded to young writer Roshan Lal Bral for his collection of Dogri poems ‘SHEESHA’. Three member jury comprising of eminent Dogri writers Inderjeet Kesar, Prof Shashi Pathania and Dogri Sanstha President Lalit Mangotra finalised Bral’s name for the award. Kunwar Viyogi Sahitya Puraskar is awarded every year for the first book or the best book in Dogri by a young Indian author or for translation work in any Indian language recognized by the Dogri Sanstha.