Indu Sharma Katha Samman for Vikas Jha for novel McCluskieganj
New Delhi | Tuesday, Apr 12 2011 IST
Indian author Vikas Kumar Jha has been selected for the International Indu Sharma Katha Samman for the year 2011 for his novel McCluskieganj.
According to General Secretary of Katha (UK) and noted writer Tejendra Sharma, the award would be conferred upon Mr Jha for his novel McCluskieganj.
Published by Rajkamal Prakashan, New Delhi, McCluskieganj is an epic novel that deals with the only Anglo-Indian village in the world. The award consists of an air passage Delhi-London-Delhi, Airport Tax, Visa fee for the UK, a shield, a shawl and the award winner would be taken to important historical sites in and around London. The award will be handed over to the author in a glittering function to be held on June 27 at the House of Commons in London. The Samman was instituted in the memory of promising poetess and short story writer Indu Sharma who lost her battle of life to cancer in 1995. The past recipients of this coveted award have been Chitra Mudgal, Sanjiv, Dr Gyan Chaturvedi, S R Harnot, Vibhuti Narain Rai, Pramod Kumar Tiwari, Dr Asghar Wajahat, Mahua Maji, Nasera Sharma, Bhagwan Das Morwal and Hrishikesh Sulabh.
Mr Jha is presently working as the editor of a Hindi Magazine Rashtriya Prasang. Besides he has to his credit books like 'Bihar - Criminalization of Politics', Bhog (Novel), 'Iss Baarish Mein' (Collection of Poems), 'Parichay Patra' (Essays in Bengali) and 'Satta ke Sutradhar ' (Political History of Post Indepedent India). He has also anchored a number of programmes for various TV channels. The Padmanand Sahitya Samman for the year 2011 goes to Ms Neena Paul from Leicestershire for her novel 'Talaash' (published by Ayan Prakashan). Born in Ambala, Neena Paul, besides 'Talaash', has to her credit five collections of Ghazal Kasak, Nayaamat, Anjuman, Chashm-e-Khawadeeda, Mulaqaton ka Safar and a novel Rihaai. She has also released an audio CD of her ghazals names Kasak. So far, this award has been presented to the well-known writers of UK viz Dr Satyendra Srivastava, Divya Mathur, Naresh Bharatiya, Bhartendu Vimal, Dr Achala Sharma, Usha Raje Saxena, Govind Sharma, Dr Gautam Sachdev, Usha Verma, Mohan Rana, Mahendra Dwesar and Kadambari Mehra.
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