The Delhi Urdu Academy has announced its annual awards for the year 2008. The All India Bahadur Shah Zafar Award (Rs 1.11 lakh) goes to Professor Syed Mohammad Aqeel Rizvi.
The prestigious Pt Brijmohan Dattatreya Award will be conferred on Anand Mohan Zutshi Gulzar Dehalvi. The award carries Rs 51,000 cash and memento. Mahfoozur Rahman and Som Anand, have been selected for the awards for journalism
Eminent writer Musharraf Alam Zauqi has been selected for the Award for creative prose writing. Professor Shamsul Haq Usmani and Professor Naseem Ahmad Khan have been chosen for the awards for criticism and research.
For poetry this year Nazmi Sikandarabadi & PP Srivastava Rind have been selected. Ataullah Akhtar (Calligraphy) and Taliba Khatoon (Teaching) are among other awardees
Journalist Som Anand has been associated with Siasat and UNI Urdu service. In the past, he worked alongside Faiz and Ahmad Nadeem Qasmi. The awards will be given at a ceremony in March.