Govind Mishra, the renowned Hindi author will receive Sarawasti Samman for the year 2013 for his book Dhool Paudho Par published in 2008. This honour will make Mishra the second Hindi author to receive the honour after Harivansh Rai Bachchan.
In 1991, Harivansh Rai Bachchan became the first Hindi author to receive this honour.
First novel of Mishra was Wo Apna Chehra published in 1969. Lal Peeli Zameen published in 1976 is MIshra's much talked novel.
Earlier on 2 August 2013 the Saraswati Samman 2012 was given to Sugathakumari, the Malayalam poetess for Manalezhuthu (the Writings on the Sand), a collection of poems in Malayalam.
About Saraswati Samman
Saraswati Samman is an annual award and is given in recognition of outstanding prose or poetry literary works in Indian languages that are listed in Schedule VII of the constitution of India. This Samman is given for the literary works of last 10 years. The award was established in 1991 by K. K. Birla Foundation and carries a prize amount of 10 lakh rupees along with a certificate.
Apart from this award, K. K. Birla Foundation has also constituted other two awards that include Bihari Puraskar for Hindi and Rajasthani writers and Vyas Samman for Hindi.
Earlier, the literary works in 15 languages were only awarded but with inclusion of Konkani, Manipuri and Nepali in the schedule VIII of the Constitution of India in 1992, the number of languages went up to 18. Further, in 2004, Bodo, Dogri, Maithili and Santhali were also included in the Schedule VIII taking the number of languages to 22. Since 2005, the Saraswati Samman considers literary works in 22 languages for the award.