First Korean Receives India's Padma Shri Award

    February 04, 2002 19:21

    Poet Kim Yang-sik was selected as the winner of India's prestigious Padma Shri Award for her contributions to cultural exchange through the Korea-India Cultural Society for the last 20 years. The Padma Shri Award is given in recognition of distinguished services to the nation by the Indian government, and 1962's winner Mother Theresa was the first foreign winner of the honor.

    Kim, the first Korean Padma Shri Award recipient, said that the prize could act as a catalyst to bring the Tagore Literary and Art Exhibition to Korea, as India is protective about releasing the works for overseas display. The award ceremony will be held in March at the presidential residence in India.

    Kim's love for India's cultural heritage and attachment for the people began in 1975, when she visited the country to participate in a meeting of the Asian Poets Society. Debuted in 1969 in the Monthly Literature, the poet has long been interested in Indian culture and literature, which inspired her to enroll in Dongguk University to study Indian Philosophy at the age of 40.

    Establishing the Korea Tagore Literary Society, the for runner of the current Korea-India Culture Society, in 1981, Kim has donated Korean books to Neru and Tagore universities, as well as translating Indian works into Korean.

    (Eo Su-ung,

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