Noted Hindi poet Gopaldas Neeraj on 24 March 2015 was awarded with first National Kavi Pradeep Samman.
He was presented the award by Madhya Pradesh Culture Minister Surendra Patwa at a function held in Bhopal, Madhya Pradesh.
About Gopaldas Neeraj
- He is among the renowned poets and authors in Hindi literature and also is a famous poet of Hindi Kavi Sammelan.
- Several of his poems and songs have been used in Hindi movies.
- He was Professor of Hindi Literature in Dharma Samaj College, Aligarh and also a chancellor of Mangalayatan University, Aligarh, Uttar Pradesh.
About National Kavi Pradeep Samman
- Instituted by the Government of Madhya Pradesh in the memory of late renowned poet and songwriter Kavi Pradeep.
- Award carries a cash prize of Rs 2 lakh, a shawl and a citation.
Kavi Pradeep was born as Ramchandra Narayanji Dwivedi. He is best known for his patriotic song ‘Aye Mere Watan Ke Logo’ written as a tribute to the soldiers who had died during defending the country during the Sino-Indian War.