Eminent Hindi poet Viswanath Prasad Tiwari would be honoured with the prestigious Gangadhar National Award during the 53rd Foundation Day celebrations of the Sambalpur University.
University Vice-Chancellor Deepak Behera said the award carrying a cash prize of Rs 50,000, a shawl and a citation would be presented to Tiwari in January next.
The award, instituted in memory of legendary Odha poet Gangadhar Meher, is being conferred on a bard of national repute every year since 1991. A former President of the Central Sahitya Academy, Tiwari has authored several anthologies. His notable creations include ‘Rachana ki sarokar’, ‘Kavita kya hai’, ‘Saath chalte hue’ and Bistar duniya le liye’.