The Rajasthan Hindi Granth Akademi has selected the book “Adhunik Chitrakala Ka Itihaas” (History of modern art), authored by eminent litterateur and artist Ratnakar Vinayak Sakhalkar based in Ajmer, for its prestigious Pragya award.

Mr. Sakhalkar, 94, will get a memento and a cash reward of Rs.51,000 at a function to be organised shortly. A book is selected for the Akademi’s award after the publication of a minimum of 15 of its editions.

Hindi Granth Akademi Chairman R. D. Saini said here on Saturday that the nonagenarian Mr. Sakhalkar is the only author in the State who has written books on fine arts in Hindi and made the subject popular among the youth. The Akademi has published four books authored by him.

Mr. Sakhalkar, who migrated to Ajmer in 1954, served as the head of drawing department in D. A. V. College and played an important role in the formulation of fine arts curriculum for post-graduation. He obtained graduate and post-graduate degrees from J. J. School of Arts, Pune.