K. K. Birla Foundation

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The K.K. Birla Foundation was established in 1991 by Krishna Kumar Birla in Delhi.[1] Its mission is to promote literature (especially Hindi literature) and the arts, as well as education and social work. It regularly gets mentioned in the media for the awards it confers, including:

  1. the Saraswati Samman 500,000 (US$7,800) for literary work in any Indian language(22),[2][3]
  2. the Vyas Samman 250,000 (US$3,900) for prose/poetry work in Hindi,
  3. the Bihari Puraskar 100,000 (US$1,600) for prose/poetry work in Hindi/Rajasthani, only authors from Rajasthan are eligible,
  4. the Shankar Puraskar 150,000 (US$2,300) for a work in Hindi concerning Indian philosophy, culture and/or art,
  5. the Vachaspati Puraskar 150,000 (US$2,300) for any work in Sanskrit,[4]
  6. the G.D. Birla Award for Scientific Research 150,000 (US$2,300).

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  1. ^ Pandya, Haresh (2 September 2008). "K. K. Birla, a Leader of Indian Business, Dies at 89". The New York Times. 
  2. ^ "Saraswati Samman". KK Birla Foundation. Archived from the original on 5 April 2015. Retrieved 13 May 2013. 
  3. ^ "Govind Mishra gets Saraswati Samman 2013 for novel 'Dhool Paudhon Par'". Daily News & Analysis. 22 September 2014. Retrieved 2014-09-23. 
  4. ^ "Vachaspati Puraskar". KK Birla Foundation. Archived from the original on 21 December 2013. Retrieved 13 May 2013. 

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