Rehman Rahi gets highest literary award

Excelsior Correspondent
JAMMU, Jan 30:  Renowned Kashmiri poet and Jnanpith awardee litterateur, Prof  Rehman Rahi has been chosen for first Sharf-e-Saqafat Award, the JKAACL announced today.
Born in 1925,  Prof Rahi is known for his erudite Kashmiri poetry. A person of pan India standing, this former professor emeritus of University of Kashmir is widely known for depth of his poetry.
“The jury / panel arrived at the unanimous decision that the first Sharf-e-Saqafat Award be given to Prof  Rehman Rahi for his outstanding contribution in the field of literature, academics and culture and his having earned a pan India reputation,” the statement by the expert jury/panel, chaired by noted writer Padma Sachdeva said.
Prof  Rahi has been the recipient of many coveted awards in the past, including Padma Shree, Kabir Samman, State Award, Sahitya Akademi Award, and Jnanpith.
It may be recalled that in its meeting held in December, 2016, the General Council of the JKAACL decided to institute the Sharf-e-Saqafat award of Rs 10 lakh to be given once in two years to any eminent personality from the fields of arts, culture and literature.
Consequently on the request of the Secretary JKAACL, expert panel was constituted under the headship of prominent Dogri writer, Padma Sachdeva with Secretary JKAACL as the Member Secretary. Others on the decision-making body included Jitinder Singh, Masood Hussain, R. L. Shant, and MK Raina.