Kashmiri poetess Naseem Shafaie to get Sahitya Akademi award

Last Updated: Dec 22, 2011, 08:34 AM IST

Srinagar: Noted Kashmiri poetess Naseem Shafaie has been chosen for this year`s Sahitya Akademi Award for her poetic collection, becoming the first Kashmiri woman to get the prestigious literary award.

Her poetic collection titled "Na Thsay Na Aks" has been listed for this year`s Sahitya Akademi Award in Kashmiri literature, the announcement for which was made in New Delhi Wednesday.

The award function will be held in New Delhi on Feb 14 next year.

Born in a middle-class family in summer capital Srinagar in 1952, Naseem teaches Kashmiri language in a local college.

Commenting on the award, renowned Kashmiri poet, Farooq Nazki said: "I am very happy she is getting the award.

"After Habba Khatoun, Naseem Shafaei is making a mark as a Kashmiri poetess. Her structures are totally modern even as they remain rooted in tradition. She uses words with craft and I am sure her best is yet to come."

IANS

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