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Gujarati litterateur Raghuveer Chaudhary selected for 2015 Jnanpith Award

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Eminent Gujarati litterateur Raghuveer Chaudhary was on 29 December 2015 selected for the 51st Jnanpith award for his contribution to the Indian literature. The decision was taken in a meeting of the Jnanpith Selection Board chaired by noted scholar Namwar Singh. Other members of the selection board are Shamim Hanfi, Harish Trivedi, Suranjan Das, Ramakant Rath, Chandrakant Patil, Alok Rai, Dinesh Misra and Leeladhar Mandloi. Chaudhary is the fourth Gujarati litterateur to bag this prestigious award after Uma Shankar Joshi (1967), Pannalal Patel (1985) and Rajendra Shah (2001).

About Raghuveer Chaudhary
• Born in 1938 in Gujarat, Raghuveer Chaudhary is a novelist, poet, critic, a prominent figure on contemporary Gujarati literary scene and a Gandhian.
• His talent has been influenced by works of Govardhanram Tripathi, Kaka Kalelkar, Suresh Joshi, Prof Ramdarash Mishra and Prof GN Dickey.
• He authored more than 80 books and some of his notable novels include Amrita, Venu Vatsala, Purvarang and Laagni Samjyaa Vinaa Chuuta Padvanu.
• He also had 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.
• He has received numerous awards including Sahitya Akademi Award for his novel Trilogy Uparvaas in 1977.

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. Award Carries: Includes cash prize of 11 lakh rupees, a citation plaque and a bronze replica of Saraswati.

List of all Jnanpith Award Winners

YEAR 

   NAME OF WINNER

 CONTRIBUTION & WORK

 LANGUAGE

2014

Bhalchandra Nemade(50th Jnanpith award)

 Kosala(Cocoon)

 Marathi

2013

Kedarnath Singh

 Akaal main Saras

 Hindi

2012

Ravuri Bharadhwaja

 Paakudurallu

 Telugu

2011

 Pratibha Ray

 Yajnaseri

 Oriya

    2010

Chandrashekhara Kambara

 For his contributions to Kannada literature

Kannada

2009

Amar Kant

 

Hindi

2009

Shrilal Shukla

 

Hindi

2008

Akhlaq Mohammed Khan ‘Shahryar’

 For his contribution to Urdu Poetry. He is only the 4th urdu writer to be awarded the Jnanpith Award

Urdu

2007

Dr. O. N. V. Kurup

for his contributions to Malayalam literature

Malayalam

2006

Satya Vrat Shastri

 

Sanskrit

2006

Ravindra Kelekar

 

Konkani

2005

Kunwar Narayan

 

Hindi

2004

Rahman Rahi

Subhuk Soda, Kalami Rahi and Siyah Rode Jaren Manz

Kashmiri

2003

Vinda Karandikar

Ashtadarshana (poetry)

Marathi

2002

D. Jayakanthan

 

Tamil

2001

Rajendra Keshavlal Shah

 

Gujarati

2000

Indira Goswami

 

Assamese

1999

Gurdial Singh

 

Punjabi

1999

Nirmal Verma

 

Hindi

1998

Girish Karnad

for his contributions to Kannada literature and for contributions to kannada theater (yayati)

Kannada

1997

Ali Sardar Jafri

 

Urdu

1996

Mahasweta Devi

Hajar Churashir Ma

Bengali

1995

Dr. M. T. Vasudevan Nair

Randamoozham (Second Chance)

Malayalam

1994

U. R. Ananthamurthy

for his contributions to Kannada literature

Kannada

1993

Sitakant Mahapatra

for contribution to the enrichment of Indian literature

Oriya

1992

Naresh Mehta

 

Hindi

1991

Subhas Mukhopadhyay

Padati

Bengali

1990

V. K. Gokak (Vinayaka Krishna Gokak)

Bharatha Sindhu Rashmi

Kannada

1989

Qurratulain Hyder

Akhire Shab Ke Humsafar

Urdu

1988

Dr. C. Narayana Reddy

Vishwambhara

Telugu

1987

Vishnu Vaman Shirwadkar(Kusumagraj)

Natsamrat

Marathi

1986

Sachidananda Rout Roy

 

Oriya

1985

Pannalal Patel

Maanavi Ni Bhavaai (માનવીની ભવાઇ)

Gujarati

1984

Thakazhi Sivasankara Pillai

Kayar {Coir}

Malayalam

1983

Maasti Venkatesh Ayengar

Chikkaveera Rajendra (Life and struggle of Kodava King Chikkaveera Rajendra)

Kannada

1982

Mahadevi Varma

Yama

Hindi

1981

Amrita Pritam

Kagaj te Canvas

Punjabi

1980

S. K. Pottekkatt

Oru Desathinte Katha (Story of a land)

Malayalam

1979

Birendra Kumar Bhattacharya

Mrityunjay (Immortal)

Assamese

1978

Sachchidananda Hirananda Vatsyayan ‘Ajneya’

Kitni Navon Men Kitni Bar

Hindi

1977

K. Shivaram Karanth

Mookajjiya Kanasugalu (Mookajjis dreams)

Kannada

1976

Ashapurna Devi

Pratham Pratisruti

Bengali

1975

P. V. Akilan

Chitttrappavai

Tamil

1974

Vishnu Sakharam Khandekar

Yayati

Marathi

1973

Dattatreya Ramachandra Bendre

Nakutanti (Naku Thanthi)

Kannada

1973

Gopinath Mohanty

Paraja

Oriya

1972

Ramdhari Singh ‘Dinkar’

Urvashi

Hindi

1971

Bishnu Dey

Smriti Satta Bhavishyat

Bengali

1970

Viswanatha Satyanarayana

Ramayana Kalpavrikshamu

Telugu

1969

Firaq Gorakhpuri

Gul-e-Naghma

Urdu

1968

Sumitranandan Pant

Chidambara

Hindi

1967

Umashankar Joshi

Nishitha

Gujarati

1967

Kuppali Venkatappagowda Puttappa(Kuvempu)

Sri Ramayana Darshanam

Kannada

1966

Tarashankar Bandopadhyaya

Ganadevta

Bengali

1965

G. Sankara Kurup

Odakkuzhal (Flute)

Malayalam

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