Jammu: Hindi Sahitya Mandal Jammu is pleased to announce the institution of an annual award to commemorate the memory of late Ramesh Mehta, prominent Hindi writer, Editor Shiraza for a long time and the former Secretary of the J&K Academy of Arts, Culture & Languages, by the family of late Shri Mehta.
Comprising of a cash purse of Rs.11000/-, a citation and a robe of honor, the Award titled ‘Ramesh Mehta Smriti Puraskar’ will be conferred for contribution in the broad fields of art- culture- music- theatre and literature, including writings on and about culture to an artist, cultural activist or writer from Jammu region, informed Dr. Raj Kumar, President of the Sahitya Mandal.
Pavitra Mehta and Mukul Mehta, the daughter and son of the late writer Mehta will handle the adjudication process directly with the help of a Jury and sponsor the Award in all its detail, which will then be jointly awarded by HSM and the family ceremonially in a function every year to be held around the birthday of the late Sh. Mehta which falls in November.
A Standing Jury has already been constituted by the family of Sh. Mehta for the selection of the awardee on a suo moto basis every year. The Standing Jury comprises of Prof. Kiran Bakshi, Prof. Chanchal Dogra and Prof. Lalit Magotra, all of whom are writers of standing, connoisseurs of arts, theatre and culture of the region and have known Mehta very closely through personal, professional and voluntary associations.The Jury will soon commence its search for and declare the awardee for 2021.