Uttar Pradesh Governor B L Joshi today congratulated noted Hindi litterateur Shrilal Shukla on being chosen for the Jnanpith Award - country's highest literary honour. A Raj Bhawan release said that since Joshi was out of town, he could not go personally to greet Shukla.
The Governor's principal Secretary G Pattnaik, visited him and conveyed greetings from Joshi and presented a bouquet on behalf of the Governor. Shukla, born in 1925 in Uttar Pradesh, is an eminent novelist and a satirist whose works threw light on the falling moral values of the Indian society in the post independence era.
His noted works include Raag Darbari, Makaan, Sooni Ghaati Ka Sooraj, Pehla Padaav, Agyatvas and Bisrampur Ka Sant. He is winner of several awards which included Sahitya Akademi Award and Vyas Sammaan. In 2008, he was awarded the Padma Bhushan for his contribution to Indian literature and culture. The announcement to confer Jnanpith Award for the year 2009 on him was made yesterday.