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Eminent Urdu writer Naiyer Masud
Eminent Urdu writer Naiyer Masud

Staff Reporter

NEW DELHI: Eminent Urdu writer Naiyer Masud has been selected for the 17th Saraswati Samman for his collection of short stories, “Taoos Chaman Ki Myna”.

The award, instituted by the Birla Foundation in 1991, is recognised as one of the most prestigious literary honours in the country given every year to an outstanding literary work written in any Indian language.

The selection of the winner is done by a distinguished jury.

Short stories

In his award-winning collection of short stories, Naiyer Masud’s treatment of the ideas of variation and change, especially towards decline, as constitutive of existence, is impressive, according to a release by the Birla Foundation here on Thursday.

Masud, 72, did his post-graduation in Persian literature and his Ph.D. in Urdu from Allahabad.

He wrote some poetry, short stories and plays in his younger days.

In the past 20 years he has emerged as one of the major Urdu short story writers on the Indian subcontinent.

The winners of the Saraswati Samman over the years include Harivansh Rai Bachchan, Ramakanta Rath, Vijay Tendulkar, Harbhajan Singh, Shamsur Rahman Faruqi, Indira Parthasarathy, Manoj Das, Mahesh Elkunchwar, Sunil Gangopadhyay, Jagannath Prasad and Ayyappa Paniker.

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