Noted Urdu writer Naiyer Masud chosen for 'Saraswati Samman'

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New Delhi, Feb 14 (UNI) Noted Urdu fiction writer Dr Naiyer Masud has been chosen for the prestigious Saraswati Samman for 2007.

Considered a trend setter in post-modern Urdu fiction, Dr Masud has got the honour for his collection of stories 'Taoos Chaman ki Myna'.

The work was chosen by a high-level selection committee chaired by Justice G B Patnaik, former Chief Justice of India.

The Rs 5 lakh award instituted by the K K Birla Foundation is given every year for an outstanding literary work published in any Indian language during the last 10 years.

Born in 1936 to Syed Masud Hasan Rizvi 'Adib', a well known figure of Urdu literature, Dr Naiyer Masud showed literary inclination from his very childhood. He got his education in Lucknow and Allahabad universities and also worked there as a lecturer of Urdu and Persian.

In the last 20 years Dr Masud has emerged as one of the major Urdu short story writer of the sub-continent. He has written, published and edited more than 21 books and about 200 articles.

His works have been translated in French, English and Finninsh languages.

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