Author and poet Padma Sachdev on 12 April 2016 was selected for the prestigious Saraswati Samman for 2015 for her autobiography titled Chitt-Chete, written in Dogri language.
The book, published in 2007, links the personal trials and tribulations of the author with issues concerning society, nation and the world at large.
Who is Padma Sachdev?
• Born in Jammu, Padma Sachdev is first modern woman poet of Dogri language.
• She has published her several poetry collection including Meri Kavita Mere Geet that has won the Sahitya Akademi Award in 1971.
• She has also received the Padma Shri, the Indian fourth highest civilian award in 2001, and the Kabir Samman for poetry for the year 2007-2008, given by Government of Madhya Pradesh.
About Saraswati Samman
• The Saraswati Samman is an annual award for outstanding prose or poetry literary works in any 22 Indian language listed in Schedule VIII of the Constitution of India.
• It is named after Goddess Saraswati, Indian goddess of learning.
• It is considered to be among the highest literary awards in India.
• The award was instituted in 1991 by the K. K. Birla Foundation.
• It consists of 10 lakh rupees, a citation and a plaque.
• The inaugural award was given to Harivanshrai Bachchan for his four volume autobiography, Kya Bhooloon Kya Yaad Karoon, Needa Ka Nirman Phir, Basere Se Door and Dashdwar se Sopan Tak.
• The Saraswati Samman for 2014 was given to Veerappa Moily for his work Ramayana Mahanveshanam.
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Who: Padma Sachdev
When: 12 April 2016
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