17 February 2017 Current Affairs: Surendra Verma, a well known Hindi scholar and writer, was selected for Vyas Samman 2016. He was chosen for the prestigious award for his novel Kaatna Shami Ka Vriksha: Padma Pankhuri Ki Dhar Se.
The book, Kaatna Shami Ka Vriksha, was published in 2010.
Surendra Verma : Born on 7 September 1941 in Jhansi, Uttar Pradesh, Verma will be the 26th recipient of the Vyas Samman.
In 1993, he was conferred with the Sangeet Natak Akademi Award. In 1996, he was awarded the Sahitya Akademi Award.
He has published about fifteen titles of short stories, novels, satires and play.
Some other novels and plays (drama) penned down by Verma includes Mujhe Chand Chahiyae, Surya Ki Antim Kiran Se Surya Ki Pahli Kiran Tak, Athwan Sarg and Qaid-e-Hayat among others.His play Surya Ki Antim Kiran Se Surya Ki Pahli Kiran Tak (From Sunset to Sunrise) has been translated into six Indian languages.
Vyas Samman : Vyas Samman was instituted in 1991 by the KK Birla Foundation and carries a cash award of Rs 3.50 lakh, a citation and a logo. It is awarded annually in recognition of the Hindi literary work published in past 10 years in genres like novels, plays, short stories, poetry, critiques and others