KK Birla Foundation Current Affairs - 2020

Vyas Samman 2018 conferred on Leeladhar Jagoori

The 28th Vyas Samman for the year 2018 was conferred on noted Hindi poet and writer Leeladhar Jagoori for his poetry collection ‘Jitne Log Utne Prem’, at a function held in New Delhi. Jagoori was conferred the prestigious award for his poetry collection by renowned author and scholar Govind Mishra.

Well known Hindi poet Leeladhar Jagoori’s poems often celebrate love and hope. The poetry collection ‘Jitne Log Utne Prem’  is Jagoori’s 12th anthology of poetry. Jagoori’s award citation reads- He presents a new world of experience, language, narrative and that his poems are ever-changing sounds of experiments and progress.

About Vyas Samman

The prestigious award was started in 1991 and is conferred especially for contributions to Hindi literature. It is given by K K Birla Foundation for an outstanding literary work in Hindi authored by an Indian citizen published during last 10 years. It carries a prize money of Rs. 4 lakh along with a citation and plaque. The KK Birla Foundation also confers Saraswati Samman and Bihari Puraskar for literature in Indian languages.

K. Siva Reddy awarded Saraswati Samman

K Siva Reddy is a Telugu poet. He was awarded the Saraswati Samman award for his collection Pakkaki Ottigilite in 2018.

About Saraswati Samman

The award is considered as the highest recognition in the field of Indian literature. It carries a cash prize of Rs 15 lakhs. The award is instituted by the KK Birla Foundation and is honored with once in a year.

The award is provided after a rigorous selection process carried out by Chayan Parishad. Chayan Parishad is the selection committee that is assisted by regional committees. It consists of eminent writers and scholars of various languages.

About K Siva Reddy

K Siva Reddy was born in an agricultural family. He is a renowned modern poet in Telugu. He has also taught English literature.

About Pakkaki Ottigilite

The poem was published in 2016. It is an anthology of 104 poems in blank verses. Blank verse has no rhyme. It consists of lines of 5 feet. The verses are the in the form of responses by the poet to the social changes over the years, the evolution of his own self and his relationship with the world