Kedar Sodh Peeth Nyas, Baanda selected the famous contemporary writer and poet Anamika and her anthology of poems titled “Khurduri Hatheliyan” for Kedar Sammaan 2007 in the field of Hindi poetry. The year 1996 onwards this prize has been distributed to those poets who was writing progressive poems like Kedarnath Agrawal, the great progressive poet of Hindi Literature. Anamika is the third women poet who got Kedar Sammaan. Apart from her, Gagan Gill and Nilesh Raghuvansi were also felicitated by this award for their anthologies in previous years.
Anamika was born at Mujaffarpur(Bihar) on 17th Aungust 1961. She has eight collections of poetry in her credit. Over the years she has won many prizes and awards for her literary works. She has won prizes like Bharat Bhooshan Award(1996), Girija Kumar Mathur Award(1998), Sahithyakar Sammaan(1998), Parampara Sammaan(2001), Sahithya Setu Sammaan(2004), Rajbhasha Puraskar(1987) and Munmun Puraskar(2007). Besides being a poet she is a well known writer of fiction, criticism and an eminent translator.
She had persuaded her education at the Universities of Patna, Lucknow and Delhi. She holds a doctoral degree in “Donne: Criticism through the Ages”. Also she did a post doctoral research on topic “The Treatment of Love and Death in Post War American Women Poets”. At present she is a reader in English at Satyawati College, Delhi University. Her famous writings are: Galat Pate ki Chithi, Beejakshar, Anushtup, Doob-Dhaan(Poetry), Post-Eliot Poetry, Streetva ka Manchitra(Criticism), Das dvaare ka Peenjara, Tinka Tinke paas(Novel), Nagamandal, Afro-English Poems, Kahti hai Auratein(Translation).
The awarded poetry collection “Khurduri Hatheliyan” is published in 2005. In this collection nearly eighty poems are there and some poems are named like-‘Women’, ‘Without a Place’, ‘Translation’, ‘Unemployed’ etc. Her first collections of poems are full of images collected from nature. But later she started to write poems about women and other peoples of society. According to the poetry based website poetryinternational.com, “Anamika’s poetry is a sophisticated combination of political awareness and self reflection, a restless interrogation of a socially constructed femininity and a wry acknowledgement of the many hues and textures of human relationships. This is not a simple poetry of protest.” The Kedar Sammaan will be awarded to Anamika in a ceremony at Baanda in the month of August, 2008.