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Jnanpith awardee Shrilal Shukla dead

Just days after he was honoured with the Jnanpith award, noted litterateur Shrilal Shukla died on Friday at a hospital here following prolonged illness. He was 86.

Prolific

Author of “Raag Darbari”, Mr. Shukla was presented the country's highest literary honour by Uttar Pradesh Governor B. L. Joshi as he lay on his hospital bed on October 18.

Mr. Joshi and Chief Minister Mayawati have expressed profound grief over his demise.

In separate condolence messages, they said Mr. Shukla's death had created a void in the world of Hindi literature.

Mr. Shukla had penned “Agyatwaas”, “Vishrampur Ka Sant” and many other novels over his lifetime. His works throw light on the falling moral values of society in post-Independence India.

Mr. Shukla and another Hindi author Amar Kant were chosen on September 19 for the Jnanpith award for 2009.

He is also a recipient of Vyas Samman and Padma Bhushan. - PTI

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