JAMMU, Sept 24: Eminent poet, writer, scholar and critic Dr. Jitendra Udhampuri has been selected for conferment of national award for literature-2015. The award will be presented by the President of India in a function to be held at the plenary hall of Vigyan Bhawan, New Delhi on October 1. The award comprised of Memonto, citation and Rs-2.5 lacs in cash.
Dr. Udhampuri is a house hold name in the Jammu region of the state. After rendering 30 yrs of meritorious service in the field of broadcasting, he retired as senior Director, All India Radio.
Besides being a reputed broadcaster, Dr. Udhampuri has ceaselessly worked over 50 years for the enrichment of Dogri, Hindi, Urdu and Punjabi literature. He is author of 32 books in Dogri, Hindi, Urdu and Punjabi languages.
Some of his notable works have been translated in other languages like English, Hindi, Urdu, Kashmiri, Nepali and Czech. He is a trend setter in modern Dogri poetry and has introduced several innovative themes and experimented with new styles in his verse.
His yeoman service to the cause of Dogri, Hindi, Urdu and Punjabi literature and culture has been recognized by numerous honours and awards conferred on him at the state, national and international levels. These include prestigious Padmashree awards, Sahitya Akademi award, Sahitya Akademi’s national award for translation, another national award by the central hindi directorate, prestigious senior fellowship by Union Ministry of culture, role of honour by the governor J&K Govt, gold medal and certificate of merit by J&K Govt. Decorated five times in the year 1985,1986,1990,2004 and 2011 by the J&K State academy of art culture and languages for his best creative literary works. He is recipient of Duggar Sahitya Ratan Samman from madam Sonia Gandhi and Dogra Ratan Samman from the Governor, J&K State.