New Delhi: Well-known Hindi writer Amar Kant has been selected for the prestigious Vyas Samman award for his outstanding novel Inhi Hathiyaron Se.

The 85-year-old was selected by a jury headed by Professor Surya Prasad Dixit, a release said here on Wednesday. The award is constituted by the K.K. Birla Foundation.

The Vyas Samman, which is awarded for an outstanding Hindi literary work published during the last ten years since 1991, carries a cash prize of Rs. 2.5 lakh.

Inhi Hathiyaron Se revolves around incidents between the Quit India Movement and the Independence, against the background of the rural Ballia region.

Mr. Kant, a freedom fighter, was born in Bhagdalpur village in eastern Uttar Pradesh's Ballia district. He started his career as a journalist. His first story, Babu, was published in 1949. One of his most celebrated stories is Dopahar Ka Bhojan. — PTI