Jammu& Kashmir born poet and novelist Padma Sachdev has been chosen for the prestigious Saraswati Samman for the year 2015 for her autobiography named ‘Chitt-Chete’ written in Dogri language and published in 2007.
- Sachdev’s work was selected among five works that were shortlisted from 22 works in as many languages published between the years 2005-2014.
- The award carries an award money of Rs 15 lakh, a citation and a plaque.
- The autobiography has included some historic photographs with dignitaries from her state, nation and the world.
- Padma is a modern Indian poet of Dogri Language, she worked in All India Radio, Jammu as an announcer.
- Earlier she has been honourred with SahityaAkademi in 1971 for her book of poetry ‘MeriKavita Mere Geet’.
- She also has been awarded with India’s 4th highest civilian award -Padma Shri in 2001.
Saraswati Samman Award:
- K K Birla Founded Saraswati SammanAward named after an Indian goddess of learning is an annual award bestowed upon Indian citizen for his outstanding literary work written in any Indian language mentioned in Schedule VIII of Constitution and published during last 10 years.
- The K. Birla Foundation was established in 1991 by Krishna Kumar Birla in Delhi
The Foundation also instituted two more awards in the field of literature,
- Vyas Samman (Hindi)
- BihariPuraskar (Hindi and Rajasthani writers of Rajasthan).