Kathmandu, September 21, 2016:Â Storyteller Ram Lal Joshi has won this yearâ€™s prestigious Nepali literary award Madan Puraskar for his newly published story collection â€œAinaâ€, the Madan Puraskar Guthi announced on Tuesday.
Likewise, Assam-based veteran litterateur Lil Bahadur Chettri would be honoured with the Jagadamba Shree for his contribution to the Nepali literature and language.
Born in 1932 in Guwahati, Chettri is author of popular Nepali novel â€œBasainâ€ which was published in 1949. The novel has been translated into Assamese and English also.
Chettri has penned more one dozen books in Nepali.
Chettri has won Indiaâ€™s prestigious Sahitya Academy Award for his novel â€œBrahmaputrako Chheu Chhauâ€.
Joshi was born in Doti and he currenty resides in Dhangadhi of Kailai district in far-western Nepal.
â€œAinaâ€ is his second published work. His ghazal collection â€œHatkela ma Aakashâ€ was published 15 years ago.
As many as seven books were shortlisted for the Madan Puraskar this year.
Joshi and Chettri would be honoured with the Madan Puraskar 2072 and the Jagadamba Shree 2072 respectively, on the day of Ghatasthapana on October 1.
Both the awards carry a purse of Rs 200,000 each.