Recipient for year 2013
Kala Prakash Shrimati Kala Prakash born in 1934 in Karachi (now in Pakistan)started writing short stories in Sindhi in 1953, when her first story 'Dohi Bedohi' was published in Naeen Duniya, a prominent literary monthly published from Mumbai, and continues to write today. She married in 1954 to Shri Moti Prakash, another well known Writer and together perhaps happen to be the only writer couple, who are both Sahitya Academic Award Winners.
In 1977, she settled down in Dubai along with her husband and children and finally migrated to India, after Moti Prakash's retirement in April, 2002. Simple in her attire and a warm and affectionate person, Kala's life has been full of trials and tribulations in a middle class family. Apart from her novels published so far, she has written numerous short stories brought out in three collections, one travelogue ( pen portraits of the writers and friends in Sindh) when she visited Sindh in 1984. Her novels, travelogue & stories have been published in Sindh as well.
Her "Mamta Jun Lahroon", a collection of poetic prose, portrays a child's innocent mind and his spontaneous reaction to everyday situations. Full of mother's sentiments, it vividly describes the questioning mind of a child and his curiosity to know the world. For its choice of words and unambiguous style, this is one of the unique books published by 'Koonj', after partition in India. This book has gone into second edition in India in 2007.
Kala's latest collection of short stories 'lntezaar', is a vivid description of various aspects of life in society torn between stark realities and values.
Kala chooses very simply words, common in Sindhi households. Her style has freshness and spontaneity, without any adornment and exaggeration.
Kala was one of the early members of the Sindhi Sahit Mandal, Mumbai -the ï¬rst Sindhi Writers' Association, which was instrumental in reviving Sindhi Language, literature and culture in India. She fondly remembers Prof. M. U. Malkani's selï¬‚ess services in the cause of uplift of Sindhi literature in India. She served as the Hon Joint Secretary of the Mandal for a considerable period of time.
(Total Publications -16)
Apart from the above publications, her short stories have been published in various Sindhi Literary Magazines - Naeen Duniya, Koonj, Sipoon & Rachna & also Weekly Hindvasi Of late, Kala has been writing on classical poets like Shah Latif and Sachal. According to her, interpretation of Shah Abdul Latif's immortal verses, should change as she calls him the poet of the people, rather than that of mysticsm.
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