Jammu-born poet Padma Sachdev selected for Saraswati Samman
Jammu-born poet and novelist Padma Sachdev (76) has been chosen for the prestigious Saraswati Samman for the year 2015 for her autobiography ‘Chitt-Chete’ written in Dogri language and published in 2007.
In her 662-page autobiography, Ms. Sachdev has included some historic photographs with dignitaries from her state, nation and the world. Her work was selected among five works that were shortlisted from 22 works in as many languages published between the years 2005-2014.
About Padma Sachdev
Born in Jammu, Padma Sachdev is first modern woman poet of Dogri language.She also writes in Hindi. She has published her several poetry collection and has 60 books to her credit.
Some of her famous books are :- Tavi Te Chanhan (1976), Nheriyan Galiyan (1982), Pota Pota Nimbal (1987), Uttar Vahini (1992) and Tainthian (1992).
Awards and Honours: She has been a recipient of Sahitya Akademi in 1971 for her book of poetry 'Meri Kavita Mere Geet'. She also has been awarded Padma Shri (2001), India’s 4th highest civilian award and the Kabir Samman for poetry (2007-08) by Government of Madhya Pradesh.
About Saraswati Samman
Saraswati Samman named after an Indian goddess of learning is an annual award bestowed upon Indian citizen for his outstanding literary work written in any Indian language mentioned in Schedule VIII of Constitution and published during last 10 years.
The award was instituted by K K Birla Foundation, a literary and cultural organisation which has also instituted two more awards in the field of literature, including the Vyas Samman (for Hindi) and Bihari Puraskar (for Hindi and Rajasthani writers of Rajasthan). The award carries a monetary award of 15 lakh rupees, a citation and a plaque.