Indian diplomat-cum-poet Abhay K has been given the SAARC Literature Award for 2013 along with four other luminaries – poet Suman Pokhrel of Nepal, script writer and poet Farheen Chaudhary of Pakistan, Abdul Khaliq Rashid of Afghanistan and novelist Daya Dissanayake of Sri Lanka.
The awards were given away at the recently held SAARC Festival of Literature 2013 function in Agra, Uttar Pradesh.
The awards were given away in the presence of over 100 delegates from Afghanistan, Bhutan, Bangladesh, India, Maldives, Nepal, Pakistan and Sri Lanka.
Dr. Suresh K. Goel, Director General of the Indian Council of Cultural Relations, gave away the awards at the Grand Hotel in Agra.
The SAARC Literature Award is given annually to eminent writers from the South Asian region who have contributed to the promotion of literature in the region through their writings and literary initiatives.