Gujarati poet Harish Minashru was conferred with the Vali Gujarati Award for 2012 at the Gujarati Sahitya Parishad hall in Ahmedabad on Tuesday. The award,which comes with a cash prize of Rs one lakh and a citation,was given in the presence of Youth Services and Cultural Activities Minister Ramanlal Vora and writers Chinu Modi and Dr Ajit Thakor.
The literature-loving people have accepted Minashru for his three-decade long creative career,Vora said.
Minashru,a retired banker,said he had gladly accepted the honour bestowed on him by ghazal lovers in the state. He has to his credit nine collections of poetry,five translations and has edited three collections since 1988.
Vali Gujarati (1667-1707) was the first Urdu poet to come up with an anthology of his ghazals in Urdu and also,to give the Urdu ghazal its present form.
On March 2002,in the aftermath of the post-Godhra riots,his grave and canopy were razed despite being located on the road opposite the State Police Headquarters.