About us

Background: Gulsher Khan “Shani” is one of the most well known Hindi writers since Independence.

Hailing from Jagdalpur in Chhattisgarh (earlier part of Madhya Pradesh state), he rose to prominence

with his seminal work “Kala Jal”. It was adapted for TV as serial with the same name. His other works

include “Shal vano ke dweep” and other literary accomplishments.

He was also associated with the Sahitya Kala Academy for a long time and played an important role

in the growth of Hindi language and literature.

Since his demise in 1995, we have been observing his birth as well as death anniversaries with some

informal get together of intellectuals and litterateurs. The events have been a low key but

intellectually and emotionally a satisfying experiences. Based on the response of people and the love

and respect enjoy by our late father among the new generation as well we propose to start a foundation to promote Hindi literature.

Foundation’s scope of work

1. The Foundation will promote Hindi language especially literature produced in the language

– It will give intellectual support to the emerging writers

– Will help them financially to research and produce monographs, books and articles

– Will coordinate will publishers to publish the works of young writers

– Bring out a quarterly journal on latest trends in Hindi writing

– Support a website and other applications for international audience

– Will coordinate with TV channels to produce programmes on trends in Hindi literature

2. The Foundation will encourage translation of literature from other languages in Hindi,

especially Indian languages like Urdu and others

3. The Foundation will also encourage and support other languages that are under stress and

endangered like Kashmiri, Dogri, Gondvi and other tribal and local dialects like Dingal,

Bhojpuri, Awadhi etc

4. The Foundation will organise a yearly award function for the best efforts in all the above

areas in Delhi or in any state capital

5. The Foundation will also initiate a scholarship for young writers

6. The foundation will run writing courses for emerging writers

7. The organisation will conduct symposiums, seminar and exhibitions to promote Hindi


8. The Foundation will also help in creating a cadre of translators that will attempt translation

of foreign literature – especially Russian, Chinese, Japanese, Persian, Arabic and Spanish

9. The Foundation will also re-translate many foreign work of literature already translated in

Hindi keeping in view the growing understanding that they were not up to the mark

10. The Foundation will also at a later date felicitate foreign born Indians as well as foreign

nationals who have worked in the field of Hindi language and literate