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Ram Nath Shastri- father of dogri
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Padam Shree Ram Nath Shastri, known as the "Father of Dogri" for his pivotal role in the revival and resurgence of the Dogri language, was born on 15 April 1914. He was a versatile and prolific litterateur who excelled as Dogri poet, dramatist, fiction writer, lexicographer, essayist, educationist, translator, and editor. Through his writings in the various genres he has succeeded in urshering Dogri language on the national stage.

In 2001, he was awarded the Sahitya Akademi Fellowship, awarded by the Sahitya Akademi, India's National Academy of Letters, the highest literary honour conferred by the Government of India.

Professor Shastri began his literary career with the writing of Hindi short stories and essays as Dogri was more of a regional local language with insignificant literary history. Later, he resolved to be at the forefront of the Dogri literacy movement.

Later, in 1943 he along with his fellow writers, switched over to writing in his mother tongue Dogri, giving impetus to the spirit of renaissance in the community to recognise and appreciate the beauty of their language He has contributions in different genres to his credit and he worked tirelessly to promote the Dogri Language.

Prof. Shastri presented an ideology that he believed in, shunning old and outdated values and embracing values like- fairness, equality and individual heroism. His writings have undercurrents of satire and irony as he exposes the double standards of our society. He always placed emphasis on writing biographies of dogri heroes, who challenged establishment and followed a track unvisited by others. When asked to write his own autobiography, he was hesitant as his humility would pose a major hurdle in doing so.

Major literary works include:

Dharti Da Rin is a collection of poems he wrote over a thirty -five-year period.
Badnami Di Chhan- Collection of Dogri short stories. (1976)
Talkhiyan – A collection of Dogri Gazals
Kalamkaar Charan Singh – Critical Study of a Dogri Poet
Naman Gran- Dogri Play (with co-authors Dinu Bhai Pant and Ram Kumar Abrol)
Bawa Jitto – A Dogri Play based on the life and sacrifice of a legendary Dogra hero
Jhakdian Kiran – Dogri One-Act Play
Duggar De Lok Nayak – An account of dogri

Some quotes:
ALKHIYAN (Collection of Dogri Gazals)
Dharm de naa cha inna Kura,
Kee nayi issi tili lagande
(So much rubbish in the name of religion; why don't you just forget it?)
Changa ai ke marha hai, jiyan bhi hai, Kirdaar mera ai
(Good or bad, this character is at least mine)

2001—59th Sahitya Akademi Fellowship-highest literary honour conferred by the Government of India for his contribution to Dogri Language[2]
1990—Padma Shri Award, India's fourth highest civilian honour for Literature & Education[3]
1994—D.Litt. (Honoris Causa) from University of Jammu
1977—Sahitya Akademi Award for his short story collection – Badnami Di Chaan
1991—State Akademi Award for the collection of Dogri gazals – TALKHIYAN
1989—Sahitya Akademi Translation Prize in 1989 for the Dogri Translation of the Sanskrit Drama, Mrichakatika as Mitti Di Gaddi.
1981—State Academy Award for his Dogri prose work – Duggar De Lok Nayak.

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