#Bhopal #Madhya Pradesh Madhya Pradesh born noted litterateur and filmmaker Uday Prakash has announced to return his Sahitya Akademy award in protest of the killing of eminent Kannada literary figure Prof MM Kalburgi.
Known to be a critic of idol worshiping of Hindu religion, Kannada scholar Prof Kalburgi was killed inside his home by unidentified assailants on August 30, triggering anguish among the world of literature.
Protesting the killing, Prakash has announced to return Sahitya Akademy award conferred on him by for his creation ‘Mohandas’ for the year 2010-11.
He brought his decision to public domain by posting it on his FB wall on Friday.
Revolving his decision around growing disrespect, atrocities and violence against intellectuals in the society, Prakash said that he was in his village and would return his citation and award money once he returned.
He, however, expressed gratitude towards the jury members who were part of announcing his award –Ashok Vajpayee and Chitra Muddal.
The move form Prakash received warm response from the netizens as within seven hours of the post, it was liked by almost 400 visitors of his page who lauded the move from the littérateur and the post was shared over 150 times in the duration.
A poet, writer, journalist and filmmaker, Prakash was born in Sitapur village in Shahdol (now in Anuppur) in Madhya Pradesh in Jan 1, 1952. He had also served as assistant professor at JNU from 1975 to 1981.
His stories ‘Uprant’ and ‘Mohandas’ have also translated into films. Prakash himself has directed and wrote several TV serials.
His stories have been translated into all the Indian languages and also into several foreign languages including German, French and Japanese.