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JAMMU: The renowned Dogri, Hindi, Urdu and Panjabi poet, writer and critic from Jammu Padmashri Dr. Jitendra Udhampuri has been selected by Uttarpradesh Hindi Sansthan Samiti headed by Dr. Sadanand Gupta for the award of “Sohard Samman” for the year 2019 during its meeting recently held at Lucknow.Dr. Udhampuri is an erudite Scholar, a distinguished writer and enterprising broadcaster and one of the pioneers of the Dogra Cultural movement.His dedication and continuous service to the cause of Dogri, Hindi, Urdu und Punjabi literature is a source of inspiration to younger poets, writers and artists. His progressive outlook influenced the whole course of Dogri literary movement, He has done commendable work towards the development and advancement of Dogri, and Hindi languages and literature. His work is a kaleidoscope of vignettes from contemporary life.His yeoman service to the cause of Dogri literature and culture has been recognized by numerous honours and awards conferred on him at the state, national and international levels.These include prestigious Padma Shri award, Sahitya Akademi award 1981, Sahitya Akademi’s National Award for Translation in 2011; and other national award by the Central Hindi Directorate, Ministry of Education, New Delhi in 1990; prestigious Senior Fellowship by Union Ministry of Culture in 2007; Robe of Honour by the Governor J&K State in 1987; Gold Medal and Certificate of Merit by J&K Government in 1993; State Govt Republic Day award 2005 for his outstanding achievements in the field of literature and culture; Man of the Year in 1998, 2003 and prestigious ‘World Medal of Honour” 2004 by the Americal Biographical Institute, USA besides having been decorated five times in 1985, 1986, 1990, 2004 and 2011 by the J&K State Academy of Art, Culture and Language for his best creative literary works in addition to Life Time Achievement award in 2008.He has again been honoured by the State Academy by organizing the programme “Meet the Eminent Contemporary” on August 8, 2010. He is recipient of Duggar Sahitya Ratan Samman from Sonia Gandhi in 2004 and Dogra Ratan Samman from the Governor of J&K in 2007. He is also recipient of Subhadra Kumari Chouhan and Rashtra Kavi Sohan Lal Diwedi Samman in addition to the Varisht Hindi-Sewi samman by Rashtriya Sanskrit Sansthan (Deemed University) Jammu in 2003 and 2009. He has also been honoured by Shri Mata Vaishno Devi University in 2010 and by the University of Jammu in 2011 and also by Benaras Hindu University in 2012 and the most prestigious national award for literature- 2015 by the President of India on October 1, 2015 besides Life Time Achievement award by J&K 2019 and prestigious Tagore Award-2012.
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