New Delhi, Mar 9, 2015, (PTI)
The Saraswati Samman (Hindi: सरस्वती सम्मान) is an annual award for outstanding prose or poetry literary works in any 22 Indian language listed in Schedule VIII of the Constitution of India. It is named after an Indian goddess of learning and is considered to be among the highest literary awards in India.
The Saraswati Samman was instituted in 1991 by the K. K. Birla Foundation. It consists of Rs 10 lakh, a citation and a plaque. Candidates are selected from literary works published in the previous ten years by a panel that included scholars and former award winners. The inaugural award was given to Harivanshrai 'Bachchan' for his four volume autobiography, Kya Bhooloon Kya Yaad Karoon, Needa Ka Nirman Phir, Basere Se Door and Dashdwar se Sopan Tak.
We proudly Congratulate Dr.Moily
Distinguished community elder, Former Union minister & Former CM Sri M Veerappa Moily has been selected for the prestigious Saraswati Samman for 2014 for his famous Kannada poem 'Ramayana Mahanveshanam'. We are overwhelmed with happiness by this moment of glory. We believe that any recognition for Dr.Moily is the recognition to our community as he is our true Icon and flag bearer!
Team Devadiga.com wishes to place on record our immense happiness & proudness in sharing this great recognition to Poet Dr.Moily and wish to profusely congratulate him.
Divided into five volumes, 'Ramayana Mahanveshanam' was first published in 2007 in Kannada. The poem has been translated into English, Hindi, Telegu and Tamil.
Instituted by the K K Birla Foundation in 1991, Saraswati Samman is given annually for an outstanding literary work in any Indian language mentioned in the Schedule VIII of the Constitution. The award carries a cash purse of Rs 10 lakh, a citation and a plaque.
In the poem, Moily tried to explore the 'Ramarajya' or the true principle of the 'ideal State' from a secular and modern point of view, the Foundation said in a release.
A senior Congress leader from Karnataka, who was also chief minister of the state, 75-year-old Moily is an established writer in Kannada who has authored four novels, three collections of poetry, a number of plays and numerous essays.
His novels 'Kotta' and 'Tembare' have been translated to Hindi, English and many other
The selection for the award was made by a 13-member panel of scholars and writers headed by former Chief Justice of India R C Lahoti.
A rare-politician literary figure, Moily handled many ministries in the previous UPA regime including Petroleum and Natural Gas, Corporate Affairs, Power and Law. He was chief minister of Karnataka from 1992 to 1994.