Hindi writer Leeladhar Jagudi will be honoured with the Vyas Samman 2018 by the KK Birla Foundation for his collection of poems “Jitne Log Utne Prem”.
“Hindi literature has many phases. Similarly, Mr. Jagudi’s poems represent different stages as he imbibes every turning point of his life and reflects all which are recollected in tranquillity. On the surface, his compilation appears to be a collection of simple love poems, but deep within, it is also an attempt to get liberated from the stereotyped definition of love,” the Foundation said.
The Vyas Samman, started in 1991 is given to an “outstanding literary work” in Hindi authored by an Indian citizen which has been published in the last decade. The award carries an amount of ₹4 lakh.
The book, published in 2013 was selected by a Chayan Samiti presided over by litterateur Dr. Vishwanath Prasad Tiwari.
Born in Dhangal village in Tehri Garhwal, Uttarakhand, Mr. Jagudi was awarded the Padma Shri in 2004 apart from other awards, including the Sahitya Akademi Award, Akashvani National Award, Uttar Pradesh Hindi Institute and Uttarakhand Gaurav Samman.
“Mr. Jagudi has given a new identity to Hindi poetry since 1960. In this compilation, he travels through the passages of words where the strongest of ideas are cultivated into a flexible form under its creative dominance,” the Foundation said.