Critic and Kashmiri writer Aziz Hajini has been selected for the Sahitya Akademi Award 2016 for his latest book 'Aan e Khane' – a book on literary criticism of Kashmiri language and literature.
Sahitya Akademi today announced its Best Book awards of 2016 in 24 Indian languages including Kashmir, Urdu Hindi, English and other Indian regional languages.
This is the second national level award in literature that Hajini is receiving from the Sahitya Akademi. In 2013, he was awarded for the best translation in Kashmiri for translating Dr. Ab. Samad's world famous novel, 'Do Gaz Zameen'.
The awards comprising a casket containing an engraved copper plaque, as well as a shawl and a cheque of Rs 1 lakh will be presented to the authors here on February 22, 2017.
"Aan e Khane is the fifteenth publication of Hajini and 'it is considered to be a mile stone in the literary criticism of Kashmiri language and literature'. Reportedly the book was selected in the final round of Jury Meeting held at New Delhi yesterday. The Jury at the final stage comprised of Margoob Banihali, GN Aatish and Bashir Badrawahi.
Hajini is presently Secretary JK Academy of Art, Culture and Languages. He has also remained associated with Sahitya Akademi as convener of its Kashmiri Advisory Board from 2008-2012. He was elected as president of the literary organization 'Adbee Markaz Kamraz' for three consecutive terms. Hajini has participated in National and International Literary and Cultural events across the globe including USA, UK, Canada and UAE. Many of his books have been translated in various languages.