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Himachal CM: Committed to preserving cultural heritage, literature : The Tribune India


Tribune press service

Shimla, January 29

Chief Minister Jai Ram Thakur said today that the state government is committed to preserving the state’s cultural heritage and literature. Several programs have been launched for writers, artists, artisans and artisans, he added.

He chaired the Shikhar Samman, Kala Samman, Sahitya Purskar, Swaichchik Sanstha Samman, Chamba Rumal Pahari Chiktrakala Samman Prize Distribution Function-2022, organized by Himachal Pradesh Art, Culture and Language Academy here.

He said, “It is a great honor for the state that the Padma Shri awards have been bestowed on Vidyanand Saraik and Lalita Vakil. Vakil has been working to promote Chamba “rumal” for 50 years. Saraik is a multi-faceted personality, who has endeavored to revive the culture of the state”.

He said the Sahitya Prizes for the years 2019, 2020 and 2021 should be delivered to the winners on time as the artists played a major role in preserving the cultural repository of the state.

Thakur honored Acharya Keshav Sharma with Bharat Ratan Atal Bihari Vajpayee Shikhar Sahitya Samman-2017 and Dr. OC Handa with Bharat Ratan Atal Bihari Vajpayee Shikhar Sahitya Samman-2018 for their outstanding contributions to the field of literature. Similarly, Mohan Rathore was awarded the Maharaja Sansar Chand Shikhar Kala Samman for 2017 and Dinesh Kumari was awarded the Kala Samman for 2018 for his outstanding contribution to the field of art and for promoting Chamba ‘rumal’ respectively. They received a cash prize of Rs 1 lakh each and a citation.

The Chief Minister also presented the Sardar Sobha Singh Lalit Kala Award for 2016 to Professor Hem Chatterji. Education Minister Govind Singh Thakur presented the Sardar Sobha Singh Lalit Kala Award for 2017 to Nand Lal Thakur and for 2018 to Khimi Ram for their contributions to their fields. Jwala Prasad Sharma received the Manohar Singh Nishpadan Kala Samman for 2016, Sanjay Sood for 2017 and SD Kashyap received the award for 2018. They received a cash prize of Rs 51,000 each and a citation.

The Minister also presented other prizes to writers and artists.


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