Peddinti Ashok Kumar, a novelist from Sircilla in Karimnagar district, was presented the Chaso Spurti Puraskar at a function organised on the occasion of Chaso’s 98{+t}{+h}birth anniversary at Ladies Recreation Club here on Thursday evening.

Chaganti Tulasi, a writer and founder of Chaso Spurti Sahitya Trust, instituted the award in the name of her father.

Mr. Ashok Kumar is the 19{+t}{+h}recipient since the award was instituted on January 17, 1995.

Oleti Parvatheesam, Executive Director of Doordarshan, who was the chief guest, spoke on Chaso’s writings and later released ‘Telugu Ki Sreshta Kahaniya’, a compilation of Telugu stories translated into Hindi by Dr. Tulasi.

The recipient is a novelist from Sircilla in Karimnagar district