Prime Minister presented Jnanpith Award to Rahman Rahi

The Prime Minister of India, Dr. Manmohan presented the 40th Jnanpith Award to Shri Rahman Rahi in New Delhi in a graceful function. Dr Manmohan Singh said “I am very happy to be here in this very distinguished gathering for the presentation of the 40th Jnanpith Award to Shri Rahman Rahi.

He congratulated and felicitated Shri Rahi on being honoured with this very prestigious literary award. The prime minister of India recognised it as an acknowledgement of Shri Rahman Rahi’s immense contribution to the growth of Indian literature.

This is the first time that this recognition, Jnanpith Award has come to a literary personality in the Kashmiri language, which finds its earliest expression in the mystical work of Lalleshwari or Laldyad or Lal Ded almost 700 years ago.

Shri Rahman Rahi is a Kashmiri Poet and Kashmiri is an official language of Jammu and Kashmir state of India. Kashmiri also known as Koshur is one of the national languages of India.

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