Syrian-Lebanese Arab poet Adonis has been chosen for 2015 Kumaran Asan World Prize for poetry.
Adonis was born as Ali Ahmad Said Esber in Western Syria in 1930. Since 1985, he had settled in Paris, France.
He has been described as one of the greatest living poet of the Arab world.
Adonis has authored more than twenty volumes of poetry in Arabic, which are widely translated into almost all languages.
His poems had helped him to be a perennial contender for the Nobel Prize for many years.
His famous work includes- If Only the Sea Could Sleep, Pages of Day and Night, Songs of Mihyar the Damascene, Not A Star, A Voice, A King is Miyhar, The Adoring Rock, Take me to God.
About Kumaran Asan World Prize for poetry
- The award is instituted by Chennai based Kumaran Asan Memorial Association.
- Named after eminent Malayalam poet Kumaran Asan to honour poets of international stature and introduce them to Indian readers.
- The award carries a cash prize of three lakh rupees, a memento and citation.