Eminent Dogri language Poetess and novelist Padma Sachdev was awarded the prestigious Saraswati Samman for the year 2015.
She was bestowed with this prestigious award for her autobiography ‘Chitt-Chete’ (published in 2007) written in Dogri language. She was felicitated by Delhi’s Lt Governor Najeeb Jung in New Delhi.
About Padma Sachdev
- Padma Sachdev is first modern woman poet of Dogri language. She also writes in Hindi.
- She has published her several poetry collection and has 60 books to her credit. Her poetry collection Meri Kavita Mere Geet (My Poems, My Songs) has won the Sahitya Akademi Award in 1971.
- Some of her famous books are Tavi Te Chanhan (1976), Nheriyan Galiyan (1982), Pota Pota Nimbal (1987), Uttar Vahini (1992) and Tainthian (1992).
- Awards and Honours: Sahitya Akademi Award (1971), Padma Shri (2001), and the Kabir Samman for poetry (2007-08) by Government of Madhya Pradesh.
About Saraswati Samman
- Saraswati Samman is an annual literary award bestowed upon Indian citizen for his outstanding literary work written in any Indian language.
- These literary works should be in Indian languages that are mentioned in Schedule VIII of Constitution and published during last 10 years.
- The award has been named after Hindu goddess of learning and is considered to be among the highest literary awards in India.
- Established: 1991 by the K. K. Birla Foundation.
- Award Carries: Monetary award of 15 lakh rupees, a citation and a plaque.
- Eminent Hindi author Harivansh Rai Bachchan was the first recipient of this award for his autobiography in four volumes.