Monday, March 29, 2010

Harivansh Rai Bachchan Lekhan Samman awarded

Divya Mathur, senior Programme officer of The Nehru Centre, has received the Harivansh Rai Bachchan Lekhan Summan for 2009.

India's High Commissioner to the UK, Nalin Surie presented the award to Mathur, who has collections of poetry ans stories in her kitty.Mathur, who has been writing from a very young age, has published six poetry collections - Rait Ka Likha, Antehsalila, Khyaal Tera, 11 September: Dreams Debris, Chandan Paani and Jhooth, Jhooth aur Jhooth.

Her story collections include Akrosh, which won her the Padmanand Sahitya Samman, and Pangaa.She is the editor of two story collections, Odyssey: Stories by Indian women Settled abroad and Aasha: stories of distinguished women writers.She has also translated into Hindi the BBC's film on Cancer and five children's books for Mantra Linguia.

Delhi Doordarshan has made a film on her story, Saanp Seerhi. Mathur was also awarded with the NRI Literary Award (Aksharam), the Arts Achiever of the Arts Council of England for outstanding contribution and innovation in the field. Mathur also received the Experience Corps Certificate of Recognition & Merit to mark her contribution in the community, the Lifting UP the World with a Oneness-Heart Award by The Peace Meditation Mission of the United Nations and the award for Outstanding Achievement in Poetry by the International Library of Poetry.

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