Ravuri Bharadwaja, 86, the Telgu writer on 17 April 2013 was selected for the prestigious Jnanpith Award 2012. He got the award for his contributions to Telgu Literature for over a period of six decades.
Ravuri on his credit has written 37 Volumes of Short Stories and 17 Novels. He was selected for the award by the Jnanpith Award Committee chaired by the noted poet Sitakant Mahapatra.
Ravuri is the third recipient of the highest literary award from Andhra Pradesh. Before him Dr. Viswanatha Satyanarayana in 1970 for his Srimad Ramayana Kalpavriksham and Dr. C. Narayana Reddy in 1988 for his book Viswambhara received the award.
About Ravuri Bharadwaja
• Ravuri Bharadwaja studied till class eight, but his works and write-ups turned up to be a basis for many research works and are prescribed as text books in Universities
• He is a poet, a playwright, a novelist of distinction and a popular science writer
• He has written six short novels for children namely Kadambari, Pakudurallu, Jeevana Samaram, Inupu Tera Venuka and Koumudi – these novels have been translated into several Indian languages as well as English
• Earlier he has been awarded with awards like Sahitya Akademi Award, Soviet Land Nehru Award, Balsahitya Parishad Award, Telugu Akademi Award,
• He was also awarded with a honarary doctorate from Nagarjuna University
It is the highest literary award of India that was instituted to recognize the works of Indian Citizens in official Indian languages. It carries a cheque for 7 lakh, a citation plaque and a bronze replica of Saraswati, the Indian goddess of knowledge, music, and the arts.