New Delhi, Feb 4 :
Noted Odia poet and critic Dr Haraprasad Das received the prestigious Moorti Devi Award from Vice-president Mohd. Hamid Ansari in a formal function here on Tuesday.
The 68-year old Das has had a distinguished career as a civil servant and is known for his unconventional and even rebellious ways of interpreting life and literature.
He was selected for the prestigious award for his book, Vamsha, a recreation of Mahabharata in a brilliant poetic form.
The award was announced in September last year.
The Moortidevi Award is an annual literary award in India presented by the Bharatiya Jnanpith organization for a work which emphasizes Indian philosophy and culture. The prize includes an amount of Rupees four lakh, a plaque, a statue of Saraswati, and a shawl.
Known as one of the leading contemporary Indian poets, Dr Das has 13 collections of poems, a compilation of short fiction, four collections of essays, one volume of ethnic history, three works of translation to his credit.
Although known primarily as a poet, he is a prolific writer of prose as well and has been a columnist, critic and an influential commentator on the medieval, modern and contemporary Odia literature and society.