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Veena Shanteshwar, Vaidehi, Vijaya chosen for Masti Prashasti

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Each of the writers will receive a purse of Rs. 25,000





Veena Shanteshwar, Vaidehi and Vijaya

BANGALORE: For the first time, three prominent women writers have been chosen for the prestigious Masti Prashasti, given by Dr. Masti Venkatesha Iyengar Prashasti Samiti.

Veena Shanteshwar of Dharwad, Vaidehi of Manipal and Vijaya of Bangalore have been chosen for the award this year, which carries a cash purse of Rs. 25,000.

The award will be presented to them in June, said Mavinakere Ranganathan, president of the samiti.

The selection committee comprising L.S. Seshagiri Rao, G.N. Ranganatha Rao, M.H. Krishnaiah, and N.S. Lakshminarayana Bhatta recommended the names of three the women writers for this year's award, he added.

Dr. Shanteshwar is a name to reckon with in women's literature. She has raised her voice against exploitation of women through her works, besides upholding the individuality of woman. Dr. Shanteshwar is a scholar in English, Hindi and Marathi, and has to her credit 27 works, including five short story collections and two novels in Kannada, research papers in English, and eight works of translation from Hindi, English and Marathi into Kannada.

Ms. Vaidehi is a well-known writer of modern Kannada fiction and a recipient of various awards, including the Central Sahitya Akademi award. She has to her credit 18 works, including short stories, poems, novels, memoirs, translation and children's literature. Ms. Vaidehi's works have been translated into English, Marathi, Malayalam, Tamil, Telugu, Hindi and Gujarati.

Dr. Vijay, who has 18 works to her credit, is a well-known name in the field of literature, theatre and films. She got her Ph.D. degree for research on the plays of Sriranga.

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