The state government is committed to conserving the rich culture, heritage and literature of Himachal: Jai Ram Thakur


Chief Minister Jai Ram Thakur while chairing the Shikhar Samman, Kala Samman, Sahitya Purskar, Swaichchhik Sanstha Samman, Chamba Rumal Pahari Chiktrakala Samman Prize Distribution Function-2022 organized by Himachal Pradesh Art, Culture and Language Academy at the historic Gaiety Theater here said today that literature is important because it ignites the spirit and gives society the ability to see the world we inhabit from an entirely different perspective. The Chief Minister said the state government is committed to preserving the rich culture, heritage and literature of the state and has started several schemes to encourage writers, artists, artisans and artisans . He said the Sahitya Awards for the years 2019, 2020 and 2021 should be given to the winners on time. He said the state’s artists also play a major role in preserving the state’s rich cultural repository.

Jai Ram Thakur said the awarding of two Padma Shree awards to septuagenarian Vidyanand Saraik and Lalita Vakil was a great honor for the state. He said that Lalita Vakil had been working for the promotion of Chamba Rumal for about 50 years and this award was not only recognition for her but also for the traditional art of Chamba Rumal from Chamba district. Likewise, Vidyanand Saraik was a multi-faceted personality who has long strived to conserve and revive hill culture, he added. Bihari Vajpayee Shikhar Sahitya Samman-2018 for their outstanding contribution in the field of literature. Similarly, Mohan Rathore received Maharaja Sansar Chand Shikhar Kala Samman for the year 2017 while Dinesh Kumari received this award for the year 2018 for their outstanding contribution in the field of art and for their contribution to the promotion of Chamba rumal respectively.

They received a cash prize of Rs. one lakh each and a citation. Jai Ram Thakur awarded the Sardar Sobha Singh Lalit Kala award for the year 2016 to Professor Him Chatterji, Minister of Education and Language, Arts and Culture Govind Singh Thakur awarded the Sardar Sobha award Singh Lalit Kala for 2017 to Nand Lal Thakur and for 2018 to Khimi Ram for their excellent contributions in their respective fields. Jwala Prasad Sharma was awarded Manohar Singh Nishpadan Kala Samman 2016, Sanjay Sood for the year 2017 and SD Kashyap was awarded this award for the year 2018. They received a cash prize of Rs. 51,000 each and a citation. Govind Singh Thakur awarded Pandit Bhawanidutt Shastri Hindi Kavita Purskar for the year 2015 to Dr Inder Singh Thakur for his book Tum Hi To The, Saroj Parmar for his book Main Nadi Hona Chahati Hun for the year 2016 and Vikram Musafir for his book Phir Wahi Sailab for the year 2018. He awarded Dr Yashwant Singh Parmar Hindi Sahitya Gadya Purskar 2015 to the late Badri Singh Bhatiya for his novel Danger Zone, Ganga Ram Raji for his novel Ek Thi Rani Khairagarhi for the year 2017 and to Vikram Gathaniya for his novel Gaon Ki Ek Sham for the year 2015. He awarded Ram Singh Thakur Hindi Sahitya Vividh Vidha Purskar 2015 to Vidyasagar Negi for his book Ek Himachali Charwahe Ki Aadhyatmik Yatra and Dr. Surat Thakur for his book Himachal Ka Janjatiya Lok Sangeet for the year 2015.

The Minister of Education and Language and Culture gave Acharya Divakar Dutt Sharma Sanskrit Sahitya Purskar for the year 2015 to Acharya Keshva Ram Sharma for his book Shrishalgramcharitam. Govind Singh Thakur gave Dr. Vidya Chand Thakur Pahari Sahitya Purskar 2016 to Dr. Chanderrekha Dadwal for the book Akkhar Akkhar Jugnu and Dr. Vinod Kumar Bhavuk for the book Meriyan Gallan Gajalabel for the year 2018. He gave Lal Chand Prarthi Urdu Sahitya Purskar 2016 to Jahid Abrol for his book Dariya Dariya Sahil Sahil. He awarded Swaichchhik Sanstha Samman 2016 to Active Monal Cultural Association Kullu and Thakur Sen Negi English Literature Award 2018 to Dr. Priyanka Vaidya for her book Lotus in Mud. They received a cash prize of Rs. 51,000 each and a citation. He also gave awards to the winners of Pahari Chitrakala Pratiyogita-2016 and Chamba Rumal Pratiyogita Purskar-2016 on the occasion. Education Minister Govind Singh Thakur also spoke on the occasion. and other dignitaries present from time to time. Linguistic Arts and Culture Secretary, Rakesh Kanwar, LAC Director, Dr. Pankaj Lalit was also present on the occasion among others.

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