Kunwar Viyogi Memorial Trust to felicitate Chhatrapal for winning Sahitya Akademi award

Kunwar Viyogi Memorial Trust hails celebrated Dogri writer Joginder Pal Saraf, popularly known as Chhatrapal for winning the prestigious Sahitya Akademi award for his short story book, ‘Cheta’.

To honour and celebrate Chhatrapal’s achievement, Kunwar Viyogi Memorial Trust has decided to felicitate the prominent Dogri writer in January 2017 during an award ceremony to be held in Jammu. Chhatralpal, is also a prominent Advisory Council Member of Kunwar Viyogi Memorial Trust since 2016 and has worked vigorously to promote and preserve the Dogri language in Jammu and Kashmir.

Congratulating the literary genius, Poonam Singh Jamwal, founder, Kunwar Viyogi Memorial Trust said,” Chhatrapalji has enthralled his readers with his writing and varied body of works for years. But what I find most fascinating in his work is the fact that he brings an element of innocence and simplicity to the most complex compositions. Like my father Kunwar  Viyogi, Chhatrapalji began writing at a very young age and I am fortunate that he graciously agreed to translate my father’s Sahitya Akademi award winning Dogri poem Ghar in Hindi, which was reprinted by the Akademi this year.”

Jamwal said that Chhatrapal captured the essence of Ghar with such precision and weaved in words with such beauty that it touched the soul of the reader.

“Chhatrapalji, as the world knows, is undoubtly a writer par excellence. But, I feel fortunate to have known him on a personal level. What he brings into each of his writings is possibly an element of his generous self, purity of his soul and immense love for Dogri literature. The Trust is proud and fortunate to have Chhatrapalji as one of its prominent Advisory Council Members. We wish him many creative years ahead and that he continues to mentor new artists.” Jamwal added.