Srinagar, June 14(KMW): Executive board of Sahitya Akademi approved names of two Kashmiri poets Naji Munawwar and Sagar nazir for its 2019 awards. The approval came in a meeting held today at Agartala.
Convener Kashmiri Advisory Board of Sahitya Academy, Dr Aziz Hajini announced that the duo has been approved for prestigious award for their poetry collections.
Octogenarian Naji Munawwar,from South Kashmir’s Shopian has been awarded Baal Sahitya Puruskar for his book Shuren Hund Naji.
Naji was selected among eight authors for the award and has earlier been awarded by the literary body for the year 2003.
Sagar Nazir, a young poet from North Kashmir’s Pattan, has been awarded Yuva Puruskaar of Sahitya Academy for the year 2019 for his book Ther Aangnech.
His name was chosen from a group of six contenders.
Sagar is a poet, critic, cultural activist and translator of Our Valley. He has penned down many popular Kashmiri songs that are regularly aired on Radio Kashmir Srinagar.