Source : Times of India
Instituted by the city-based Yashwantrao Chavan Maharashtra Open University (YCMOU), the Kusumagraj Rashtriya Sahitya Puraskar carries cash prize of Rs one lakh, a memento and a citation.
Rahi will be handed over the award at a function to be held at the YCMOU soon, the varsity stated in a release.
The award is instituted after Jnanpith-laureate Marathi poet and playwright late V V Shirwadkar, popularly known as Kusumagraj.
Born in Jammu in 1933, Rahi has penned seven novels in Dogri language. He was given Sahitya Akademi award for his Dogri novel, ‘Aale’ in 1983.
A prolific writer, he also wrote in Hindi and Urdu languages.
Rahi also made the film ‘Veer Savarkar’ (2001), a biopic on the life of revolutionary Vinayak Damodar Savarkar.