Dr Jitendra Udhampuri gets ‘State life-time achievement’ award
STATE TIMES NEWS
JAMMU: Eminent poet and writer from Jammu & Kashmir, Dr Jitendra Udhampuri was conferred ‘Life Time Achievement’ Award in the category of literature by the UT Government.
The Award carries a cash amount of Rs 1 lakh and a gold medal. The Award was announced by the J&K Government in the year 2019 on Republic Day but handed over to Dr Udhampuri today by the Government. Dr Jitendra’s literary career started in 1962 when his first poem in Urdu was published. Since then, he has written in Urdu, Hindi and Dogri languages and is credited with 30 books in these languages. Many of his books have been translated into other languages such as English, Hindi, Urdu, Kashmiri, Nepali and Czech. He has also published two treatises, The History of Dogri Literature and The History of Dogra Culture. He is a member of the management committee of the Jammu and Kashmir State Red Cross Society and was honoured by the society for his contributions in 2010.
Jitendra Udhampuri has received several awards and honors such as Jammu and Kashmir Academy of Art, Culture and Languages Award which he received four times (1985, 86, 95 and 2004), Rashtriya Hindi Devi Sehsrabdi Samman in 2000, Subhadra Kumari Chouhan Janam Shatabadi Samman, Rashtriya Kari Pandit Shohan Lal Devedi Samman, Dogra Sahitya Rattan Samman in 2004 and Sahitaya Samman.
Some of the other awards he has received are National Award, Central Hindi Directorate, Ministry of Human Resources, New Delhi in 1990, Senior Fellowship, Union Ministry of Culture in 2007, Robe of Honour by the governor, Jammu and Kashmir State in 1987, Gold Medal and Certificate of Merit, Government of Jammu and Kashmir in 1993, Republic Day Award, Government of Jammu and Kashmir in 2005, Sahitya Akademi Award in 1981 and in 2010, the Government of India honored him with the fourth highest civilian award of Padma Shri.