Monday, January 30, 2012


Jammu Jan 30 (Only Kashmir): Renowned poet, writer, researcher, critic and senior journalist of the State, Ghulam Nabi Khayal, is among some literary and cultural personalities of J&K selected for the Best Book Award and other honours by the J&K Academy of Art, Culture and languages for the year 2011.
Mr Khayal was given the award for his English publication Leaves of Chinar, a unique collection of research-based articles pertaining to the culture, literatures, folklore, mythology, history, tradition and heritage of Kashmir. Mr Khayal has already been given the Academy Award (1974), Sahitya Akademi award (1975) and more than one dozen awards for his meritorious contribution in the fields of literature and journalism covering about six decades.
The best book awards are given each year to the selected books recommended by a panel of experts for ten languages recognized in the State Constitution. The languages and dialects are Kashmiri, Urdu, English, Dogri, Punjabi, Ladakhi, Pahari, Gojri, Shina and Balti.
These prestigious awards, each carrying cash of Rs 51,000, a memento, citation and a shawl were given away by Minister for Tourism and Culture, Mr. Nawang Rigzin Jora, at an impressive function held here Monday, 30 January.
Senior Dogri writer and filmmaker Ved Rahi has been selected for life time achievement award carrying cash of Rs 100.000, citation and a shawl.
Several more awards were given to persons belonging to the fields of music, media, fine arts, media and social services.
Following are some of the awardees:
Om Goswami (Dogri writer), Deepali Wattal (Singer), Ghulam Nabi Bulbul (Singer), Triloke Kaul (artist), Nazir A Mir (craftsman), Manzoor Ahmad ( Naqshgeer), Ashok Jailkhani (media), Bashir Manzar (media), and others. (OK)


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