Noted writer and journalist Om Thanvi has been selected for the 2014 Bihari Puraskar for his book 'Muanjodaro', a travelogue which traces remains of the Indus Valley Civilization.
In the book, Thanvi gives an detailed account of the famous civilisation and presents an analytical study of the historical and cultural heritage of India.
In literary circles, 55-year-old Thanvi is known for his unique style of story telling in simple and lucid language.
Instituted by the K K Birla Foundation in 1991, Bihari Puraskar is given annually to an outstanding literary work in Hindi or Rajasthani published during last 10 years by a Rajasthani writer.
Apart from original residents of Rajasthan, it is open to those living in the state for last seven years. The award carries a cash purse of Rs one lakh, a citation and a plaque.
The selection for the award was made by a six-member panel of academicians.
Thanvi was born on August 1, 1959 in Falaudi in Jodhpur. He had worked in Rajasthan Patrika and Saptahik Itvari Patrika before joining Hindi daily Jansatta in 1989.