Jammu Tawi: Bank of Baroda(Bank) has announced the winner of thefirst edition of the'Bank of Baroda Rashtrabhasha Samman'2023.Mohsin Khan,the authorof the Urdu novel and Saeed Ahmad,the translator of the book in Hindi, won the award for the novel Allah Miyan Ka Karkhana. The winning author and the translator were announced at the awards ceremony that took place in Delhi today.
Further, five novels – Abhipreta Kaala, Cheeni Kothi,Ghar Palano Chhele, Nadeesht and Nemat Khana received the runners up prize at this year's edition.
The winning author Mohsin Khan of the novel Allah Miyan Ka Karkhana in Urd uand the translatorS aeed Ahmad of the Hindi novel Allah Miyan Ka Karkhana were conferred with the Bank of Baroda Rashtrabhasha Samman and a cash prize of Rs. 21.00 lakh and Rs. 15.00 lakh respectively. Theother five runner-upauthors and the respective Hindi translators were awarded Rs. 3.00 lakh and Rs. 2.00 lakh each respectively.
The five-member awards jury chaired by renowned author and International Booker Prize winner Geetanjali Shree along with the other four jury members Arun Kamal, an Indian poet; Pushpesh Pant, an academic and food critic; Anamika, a contemporary Indian poet and novelist; and Prabhat Ranjan, a Hindi fiction writer selected the winner from the below mentioned 6 nominated books for the award.
Speaking about the award, Sanjiv Chadha, Managing Director & CEO, Bank of Baroda said, “My heartiest congratulations to the winners of the first edition of the ‘Bank of Baroda Rashtrabhasha Samman' 2023 – Mohsin Khanand Saeed Ahmadand to the other shortlisted nominees as well. Bank of Baroda's heritage comes from Maharaja Sayajirao Gaekwad who is considered a reformer as well as a connoisseur of literature and art.
Taking this legacy forward, Bank of Baroda has instituted “Bank of Baroda Rashtrabhasha Samman” to provide a national platform for talented writers from different parts of the country. India is a multilingual country and the different languages spoken add to its diversity and rich heritage.
Through this initiative, the Bank aims to enrich the literary and cultural inheritance of the country.”