STREE SHAKTI MAHOTSAVA presented Dayawati Modi Stree Shakti Samman to Hindi eminent writer Alka Saraogi at 6pm on Wednesday, July 27th, 2022 at Multipurpose Hall, Kamla Devi Complex, India International Centre, Lodhi Road, New Delhi


STREE SHAKTI MAHOTSAVA celebrated Women’s contribution in 75 years of India’s Independence. On this occasion Chief Guest Hon’ble Dr. Karan Singh was present along with Hindi eminent writer Alka Saraogi in the presence of prominent Hindi writer Chitra Mudgal along with many eminent persons.

Dayawati Modi Stree Shakti Samman (instituted in 1998) the winner for the twenty-first award is Alka Saraogi an eminent Hindi writer. Her edited book, ‘Terah Halfaname‘ a collection of short stories of prominent women writers of Independent India, published by Vani Publication was launched by Dr. Karan Singh. Here, for the first time in Hindi, stories of Anita Desai, Mahashweta Devi, Qurratulain Hyder, Indra Goswami, Ismat Chugtai, Krishna Sobti, Chitra Mudgal, Vishwapriya Iyengar, Anjali Khandwala, Kamla Das, T. Janki Rani, Urmila Pawar and Vedihi are presented here.

Alka Saraogi’s first novel ‘Kalikatha via Bypass’ won the prestigious Sahitya Akademi Award in 2001 and was published by Editions Gallimard in French, Insel Verlag in German, Neri Pozza in Italian and Siruela in Spanish. She has six novels to her credit. She quoted, “Each award given to her has given credential to her journey as a writer and motivated her. Women can be the epitome of Shakti in every field they venture into, and utopian harmony is only possible when society will realise this

Who is the real Author? Vidusi Viddyottama or Mahakavi Kalidas? By Dr. Kamal K Mishra, with a forward by Dr. Karan Singh, introduction by Dr. Satyavrat Shastri, preface by Dr. Satyavrat Shastri and supported by Rekha Mody and English trans-creation by Dr. Shovana Narayan; the cover of this path breaking research commissioned by Stree Shakti was released. The research in Hindi and English will be published by Motilal Banarsidass Publishing House in 2023.

The first Gender Influencer Award was bestowed upon young Devansh Saraf for his short film X or Y.

Rekha Mody, Founder & President of Stree Shakti – The Parallel Force remarked, “Empowerment of women is the panacea for all universal ills. Women’s literature is the key to understand the concerns, challenges and ambitions of women.In the twenty first century, the works of Mahakavi Kālidāsa are being looked at from a gender perspective.