Stating that the award holds no meaning for him, noted poet Acharya Janaki Ballabh Shastri had refused to accept the Padmashri award conferred to him in 2010.
"I had refused the gesture of awarding me the Padmashri way back in 1994 ... It doesn't carry any meaning for me at this stage and age," Shastri said.
80-year-old Shastri said that his disciple are more worthy of the award.
"My disciples and younger generation deserve the award more than me," he said.
Shastri, who is also a critic is known for his remarkable works, notably novels, plays, essays, ghazals, songs and biography in Hindi.
'Roop Aaroop', 'Teer Tarang', 'Meghgeet', 'Pashani', 'Tamsa' and 'Iravati' are some of his famous examples.
Along with Shastri, the winner of 2010 Padmashri award are noted dancer Hari Uppal and well-known orthopaedic surgeon R N Singh.