Secretary of Katha (U.K.) and noted writer Tejendra Sharma has informed that for the year 2009 International Indu Sharma Katha Samman would be conferred upon Mr.
Bhagwan Dass Morwal for his novel Ret (published by Rajkamal Prakashan, New Delhi). The award consists of an air passage Delhi-London-Delhi (sponsored by Air India),
Airport Tax, Visa fee for UK, a shield, a shawl and one week's stay in
London where the award winner would be taken to important
historical sites. The award will be handed over to Mr. Morwal in a glittering function to be held on 09 July 2009 at the House
of Commons in London.
Indu Sharma Katha Samman was instituted in
the memory of promising poetess and short story writer Indu Sharma who lost her battle of life to cancer in 1995. The past
recipients of this coveted award have been Chitra Mudgal, Sanjiv, Dr. Gyan Chaturvedi, S.R. Harnot, and Vibhuti Narain Rai,
Pramod Kumar Tiwari, Dr. Asghar Wajahat, Mahua Maji and Nasera Sharma.
Bhagwandass Morwal was born on January 23, 1960 to a family of landless
labourers in Nagina, distt.Mewat, Haryana. He completed his MA degree from Rajasthan University.
He holds a diploma in journalism as well. Besides Kaala Pahad (novel-1999) and Baabal terey Des Mein (novel-2004) Mr. Morwal
has to his credit four collections of short-stories, one collection of poems and he has edited many books. Among many awards
conferred on Mr. Morwal is the Delhi Hindi Academy Award. His writings reflect
a deep insight, an inherent vision of rural problems in Mewat. His characters represent the Ganga-Jamuni culture of Hindus
and Muslims. He had to face threats to his life for depicting the life of Kanjars in his novel Ret.