JAMMU, Apr 15: Shailender Singh was today given awaythe first Prof Ram Nath Shastri Memorial Award.
The awarded was presented during birth centenary celebration functionof   Padmashri Prof Ram Nath Shastri, organized by Dogri Sanstha,Jammu in collaboration with J&K Academy of Art, Culture and Languages.
A galaxy of writers, intellectuals, associates and relatives of ProfShastri   and prominent citizens of Jammu were present on theoccasion.
The other highlights of the program, included release of a book publishedby  J&K Academy of Art, Culture and Languages, entitled “Prof. RamNath Shastri— Samagra Rachanavali’’ which is based on the life andcomplete  works of Prof  Ram Nath Shastri and musical renderings ofpoetry of Prof  Shastri , composed by  Brij Mohan.
Prof Ved Ghai was the chief guest on the occasion while Prof Nilamber DevSharma presided over the function. Rangeele Thakur, Director, All India Radio,Jammu was the Guest of Honour.
Prof Ram Nath Shastri Memorial Award has been instituted by Dogri Sanstha andis sponsored by the family members of Prof Shastri. It will be given annuallyfor the best first book of Dogri, written by an author in the preceding 5years. This year, the jury constituted for the purpose, has awarded ‘ HashiyePar’ first book of Shailender Singh, a novel published in 2009. The awardcarries a cash amount of Rs  21,000, a shawl and a memento.
Dr Om  Goswami, author of the book  released during the function,presented a paper on the book touching various aspects of the life and works ofProf  Shastri.
Prof. Lalit Magotra, president of  Dogri Sanstha,  said that presenceand emergence of Prof  Shastri at the crucial period of nineteen fortieswas a rare and most significant event which played a defining role in thehistory of development of Dogri language and literature.

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Shashi Pathania
Born in July, 1955, Prof. Shashi Pathania is an academically experienced individual with a doctorate in Dogri (Dogri Verb), serving through various positions (including H.O.D.) within the Department of Dogri (Jammu University) retired as Professor in Dogri. She started writing in Dogri in the year 1984 and has written prolifically in various genres of Dogri including short story and poetry and has been Co-guide a scholar at Ph.D. level for making Machine translation tool. She has been conferred Sahitya Akademi Translation Award for the year 2012 in Dogri.

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