SAMBALPUR: The prestigious Gangadhar National Award for Poetry-2020 was bestowed on renowned Gujarati poet Kamal Vora during the celebration of the 55th founding day of Sambalpur University on Thursday.
Vora attended the event virtually and University Registrar Nruparaj Sahu received the award from Vice Chancellor Sanjiv Mittal on her behalf. The award carries a cash prize of `1 lakh, a shawl and a citation.
Expressing her gratitude for the honour, Vora said, “Many prominent poets have received this prestigious award in the past. It is an honor for me to receive the award which was instituted in memory of the legendary poet Gangadhar Meher.
Appreciating the university for celebrating poetry in these difficult Covid times, he said: “If poetry survives, language will survive. And if language survives, humanity will survive.
Known for his creativity, Vora is the author of three collections of poetry in Gujarati. His first book “Arav” published in 1991 won the Umashankar Joshi Prize. Her second book ‘Anek Ek’ won Gujarat Sahitya Akademi Award in 2012 and Central Sahitya Akademi Award in 2016.
Her book ‘Vruddhashatak’ was awarded Maharashtra Rajya Gujarati Sahitya Akademi First Prize in 2016. Her poems have been translated into Hindi, Marathi, Bengali, Kannada and English. Vora is also the editor of Etad, a quarterly Gujarati literary magazine. He was a member of the Gujarati advisory board of Sahitya Akademi.
Vora is the 30th poet to receive the national Gangadhar Prize. On the occasion, the famous writer and poet of Odia, Ramakrushna Rath, was also commended by the university for his contribution to the field of literature.
Western Odisha Development Council (WODC) Chairman Asit Tripathy attended the event virtually as the chief guest. Suresh Chandra Dalai, Divisional Revenue Commissioner (Northern Division), Mahadeo Jaiswal, Director of IIM-S, and Dibya Jyoti Parida, Collector of Sambalpur, were also present.