Lucknow: The Jnanpith Award was on Tuesday bestowed on ailing Hindi novelist and satirist Srilal Shukla in a private hospital here by Uttar Pradesh Governor B L Joshi.

Shukla (86) has authored Rag Darbari, Agyatwaas, Vishrampur Ka Sant and many other novels. His works throw light on the falling moral values of the society in the post-independence era.

Shukla and another Hindi author Amar Kant were chosen on September 19 for the country's highest literary honour for 2009. Amar Kant is also not keeping well and stays in Allahabad.

"We wanted to give the award to both the authors together, but due to illness Amar Kant was not able to come here," Ravindra Kalia, Director of Delhi Jnanpith said over phone.

"We plan to go to Allahabad to give the award to Kant," he said.