To honour the sweet memory of the Punjabi poetess Bibi Baljit Kaur Tulsi, the Anād Foundation started Anād Kāv Sanmān in 2008. The award, offered to eminent poets by the Tulsi Family, includes a cash prize of Rupees 2.25 lacs, a citation, a tāmra-patra and a shawl or a turban.
The famous Punjabi poet, Surjit Patar, was the first recipient of this prestigious award conferred, on behalf of the Anad Foundation, by Dr. Upinderjit Kaur, Cabinet Minister Punjab, on April 8, 2008 at Stein Auditorium, India Habitat Centre. On that occasion, eminent poets Balraj Komal, K Satchidanandan, Anamika and Ashok Vajpayee recited their poems.
Amarjeet Chandan, was the second recipient of the Anād Kāv Sanmān in 2009 for his seminal contribution to Punjabi poetry and for bringing Punjabi poetry on the international scene. Professor Namvar Singh, Professor Emeritus, Jawahar Lal University and Chancellor, Mahatma Gandhi Antarrashtriya Hindi Vishvavidyalaya, presided over the Anād Kāv Tarañg 2009 and launched Paintee, selected 35 poems by Chandan. Krishen Khanna, the painter, was very kind in accepting our humble request to be the Chief Guest and for conferring the Anad Kav Sanman 2009.
The 3rd Anād Kāv Sanmān for the year 2009-2010 was jointly conferred upon Navtej Bharati and Ajmer Rode. The Jury especially underlined the significance of their path breaking work, Leela, which runs over a thousand pages and remains unparalleled in the history of Punjabi literature for its courage to explore and experiment with the poetic word, cultural memory and our day-to-day existential struggle in a broader context of mystical humanism.