Raghuveer Chaudhary, the renowned author has been awarded the prestigious 51st Jnanpith award. He is a novelist, poet and critic. He has been honoured for his contribution to Gujarati literature.
Other Gujarati Authors that have won the Jnanpith award in the past are: Uma Shankar Joshi (1967), Pannalal Patel (1985) and Rajendra Shah (2001).
Raghuveer Chaudhary - Profile
- Literary Works: He has written more than 80 books. Some notable work: Amrita, Venu Vatsala, Purvarang and Laagni Samjyaa Vinaa Chuuta Padvanu.
- Career: He has worked as a columnist for numerous newspapers such as Sandesh, Janmabhumi, Nirikshaka and Divya Bhaskar. He was a teacher at the Gujarat University until his retirement in 1998.
- Awards and Honours: He has received numerous accolades including Sahitya Acadmi Award for his novel Trilogy Uparvaas in 1977.
- More Details: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Raghuveer_Chaudhari
About Jnanpith Award
- Jnanpith Award is one of the prestigious literary awards in country and its name has been taken from Sanskrit words Jnana and Pitha which means knowledge-seat.
- It was instituted in 1961 and is presented annually by Bharatiya Jnanpith trust founded by the Sahu Shanti Prasad Jain family that owns the Times of India newspaper group.
- It is bestowed upon any Indian citizen who writes in any 22 official languages of India mentioned in VIII Schedule of Constitution of India.
- Prior to 1982, the award was only given for a single work by a writer. But after 1982, the award is given for lifetime contribution to Indian literature.
- The award carries cash prize of 11 lakh rupees, a citation plaque and a bronze replica of Saraswati.