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Veteran poet Gopaldas Neeraj conferred with National Kavi Pradeep Samman Award

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Noted Hindi poet Gopaldas Neeraj has received the first National Kavi Pradeep Samman at a function held in Bhopal. He was presented the award on  24th March 2015.

Points to remember:

  • He was presented the award by Madhya Pradesh Culture Minister Surendra Patwa at a function held in Bhopal, Madhya Pradesh.
  • This award carries a cash prize of Rs two lakh, a shawl and a citation.
  •  On the occasion, Neeraj mesmerised the audience by reciting some of his select poems.
  • The award has been instituted by the Madhya Pradesh government in the memory of Kavi Pradeep.

About kavi Pradeep:

  • The renowned poet and songwriter who is best known for his patriotic song ‘Aye Mere Watan Ke Logo’ written as a tribute to the soldiers who had died defending the country during the Sino-Indian War.
  • His first recognition came for his patriotic lyrics for the film Bandhan.
  • In 1997, he was honoured by India’s highest award in Cinema, the Dada Saheb Phalke Award for Lifetime Achievement.
  • His real name was Ramchandra Narayanji Dwivedi

About Gopal Das Neeraj:

  • He was born in Etawah, Uttar Pradesh, India, is among the best-known poets and authors in Hindi literature.
  • He is also a famous poet of Hindi Kavi Sammelan.
  • He was awarded Padma Bhushan in 2007.