JAMMU, May 24: Veteran Dogri writer and well known artist of national repute, Padamshree Narsingh Dev Jamwal was today conferred with the prestigious Dinu Bhai Pant Memorial Lifetime Achievement Award – 2019.
The Award was presented to Mr Jamwal by Prof Manoj Dhar, Vice-Chancellor, University of Jammu, Prof Lalit Magotra, president of Dogri Sanstha and members of the Dinu Bhai Pant Memorial Trust. The award includes a cheque of Rs 51,000/-, a medallion, a shawl and a citation.
The award has been instituted by Dinu Bhai Pant Memorial Trust, set up by the family members of Late Dinu Bhai Pant and is being given away every year under the aegis of Dogri Sanstha Jammu. This is the third Award. The first two were conferred upon Padamshree Padma Sachdev and Ved Rahi, respectively.
Narsingh Dev Jamwal is a senior and prolific writer, who has written 45 books, which comprise poetry, novels, short-story collections, plays, essays and books on children literature etc. In addition to his publications, he has contributed 90 radio plays and half a dozen TV serials.
While accepting the Award, Mr Jamwal said that he considers it as a rare honour to receive an Award which is instituted in the name of the great trend setting Dogri stalwart, whom he considers his ideal and who has inspired him immensely.
Prof Manoj Dhar, in his address, said that Dinu Bhai Pant is one of those few Dogri poets, whose name is well known, throughout length and breadth of Dogra region and the State.
Earlier, Prof Lalit Magotra, spoke on the outstanding and unique contribution of Pant which laid the firm foundation of modern Dogri poetry. He said it was the unprecedented popularity of his poem ‘Shaihr Paihlo Paihl Ge’ which inspired the other young writers of that time to write in Dogri.
Virender Pant, representative of Dinu Bhai Pant Memorial Trust and son of Dinu Bhai Pant also spoke on the occasion, highlighting the simplicity and down-to-earth character of Pant.
Earlier, Dr Nirmal Vinod, general secretary of Dogri Sanstha, read out the citation which was presented to Jamwal as a part of the award. Prof Shashi Pathania conducted proceedings of the award ceremony.
A short documentary on the life and achievements of Dinu Bhai Pant, produced by Sahitya Akademi and directed by Ved Rahi, was also screened on this occasion.