Tarannum Riyaz gets SAARC literary award

GK NEWS NETWORK
Publish Date: Oct 21 2014 12:00PM

Srinagar, Oct 20: Noted Urdu writer, critic and poet, Dr. Tarannum Riyaz, has been awarded the prestigious SAARC Literary Award 2014.
The award was presented to her at The Diggi Palace Jaipur during SAARC Sufi Festival. The function was attended by dignitaries, ambassadors, eminent delegates, scholars, authors and writers from India, Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Bhutan, Pakistan, Maldives, Nepal and Sri Lanka.
The award, given every five years to an eminent writer from amongst the eight SAARC countries, was presented to Dr. Tarannum Riyaz by former Prime Minister of the Govt. of Tibet in Exile, Prof. Samdhong Rimpoche.
Dr. Tarannum Riyaz is a Senior Fellow with Ministry of Culture, Government of India. She holds a Ph. D in Education from University of Kashmir and has been associated with teaching and broadcasting.
Dr. Tarannum Riyaz has authored more than 15 books of Fiction, Criticism and Poetry. Her latest novel, Barf Aashna Parindey (The Birds of the Snows) which was widely acclaimed in literary circles, has been translated into three languages and its Hindi version was released on this occasion.
Dr. Tarannum is recipient of several awards including the Delhi Urdu Academy State Award for Fiction, the Jammu and Kashmir State Award for best book of Fiction, the UP Urdu Academy Best Book Award and the Sahir Ludhianvi Adeeb International Award.
She has been honoured with awards by several literary organisations in India and abroad.
Dr. Tarannum has been a member of Sahitya Akademy Governing Council, Urdu Advisory Board, Birla Foundation Sarswati Samman Award Committee and Ghalib Academy New Delhi. She is also the Secretary, Poetry Club of India and Member Governing Council Poetry Society India.
Speaking to Greater Kashmir from Jaipur, Dr. Tarannum Riyaz said, “I feel honoured to have received this award and I can confidently say that I share this sentiment with all the patrons and readers of Urdu literature in all of South Asia including my valley of Kashmir.”

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