Sanskrit poet Satya Vrat Shastri gets Jnanpith

Via The Hindu

Eminent Sanskrit poet Satya Vrat Shastri was presented the prestigious 42nd Jnanpith Award by the Princess of Thailand, Maha Chakri Sirindhorn, at a function at the Parliament House here for his “outstanding contribution to the enrichment of Indian literature.”

Organised by the Bharatiya Jnanpith, the award recognises Dr. Shastri for introducing a number of new genres in Sanskrit writing such as autobiography, diary and collections of letters in verse. His magnum opus, The Ramayana: A Linguistic Study, is the first ever linguistic appraisal of the Valmiki Ramayana and also of any existing Sanskrit work.

“I have never kept an account of what I achieved during the past eight decades of my life. Newer and newer ideas, thoughts and aspirations for creative expressions would surge in my mind, not allow me time for brooding over what was over. My first poem saw the light of day when I was 12. And the journey that started with it has continued through a number of intermediary stations in the form of three Mahakavyas, three Khandakavyas, a Prabandhakavya and a two-volume Patrakavya.”

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