UP government confers Sahitya Shiromani Samman on Gopal Das Neeraj
Uttar Pradesh government has conferred Sahitya Shiromani Samman upon noted Hindi poet Gopal Das Neeraj.
The award carrying cash prize of 21 lakh Rupees was bestowed upon Neeraj by UP Chief Akhilesh Yadav. While presenting award, CM Akhilesh Yadav also announced to give Rashtra Ratn- Sitara-e Hind award to Neeraj for his lifelong service to Hindi literature.
Along with Gopal Das Neeraj, veteran Hindi litterateur Uday Pratap Singh was also conferred with Sahitya Shiromani award and cash prize of 21 lakh Rupees.
About Gopal Das Neeraj
- Gopal Das Neeraj was born on January 4, 1925 in Etawah district of Uttar Pradesh. He had written poems under the pen name Neeraj.
- He is among the renowned poets and authors in Hindi literature and also is a famous poet of Hindi Kavi Sammelan.
- He also was Professor of Hindi Literature in Dharma Samaj College, Aligarh and also a chancellor of Mangalayatan University, Aligarh in Uttar Pradesh.
- Several of his poems have been used as songs in Hindi movies.
- Awards- Padma Bhushan (2007).