Eminent Urdu scholars, writers, poets and journalists were today felicitated for their contribution towards Urdu literature and language at an event organised by Urdu Academy at Delhi Secretariat here. Renowned Urdu poet from Lucknow Malikzada Manzoor Ahmad was posthumously conferred with All India Bahadur Shah Zafar Award by Language Secretary N K Sharma.
The award carried with it a cash amount of Rs 1,50,000 and a shawl and memento. Islamic scholar Abdul Haq was honoured with Pt Dattatreya Kaifi Award, which also carried with it a cash reward of Rs 1,50,000, by Sharma. The event also saw other members of Muslim intelligentsia including Khalid Alvi, G R Syed, Tabish Mehdi, Qasim Syed, Athar Farooqui and Aslam Sabri being rewarded with a cash amount of Rs 50,000. The function was presided over by Urdu Academy Vice- Chairman Majid Deobandi. Founded in May 1981, Urdu Academy has been honouring Urdu scholars, writers, poets and journalists among others, for the promotion, propagation and development of Urdu language for the past 35 years.
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