Feb 7 - Bhalchandra Nemade wins Jnanpith 2014

Bhalchandra Nemade, whose Kosala (Cocoon) published in 1963 transformed the Marathi novel, has been selected for the 50th Jnanpith Award for 2014. The award will be presented in April in all likelihood, Leeladhar Mandloi, Director, Bharatiya Jnanpith, said on Friday, Feb 6, 2015.


The 10-member selection board, chaired by Namwar Singh, scholar, wrier, and critic, selected the 76-year old litterateur for the award at a meeting in New Delhi. Nemade is the fourth Marathi writer to win the honour after V S Khandekar in 1974; V V Shirwadkar, aka Kusumagraj in 1988; and Govind Karandikar, aka Vinda Karandikar in 2003.


“I am happy to be honoured with the prestigious Jnanpith Award. I am proud of the cultural sensibility of Marathi people. They have tolerated my writing. I did not have to go to jail or face any major agitations. I have great respect for Vinda Karadikar and am proud to be following his legacy. New writers should also take Karandikar’s legacy forward,” Mr Nemade said.



(Source: The Hindu, Feb 7, 2015. Image courtesy- The Hindu))

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