Eminent Marathi writer Bhalchandra Nemade on 6 February 2015 was chosen for the Jnanpith Award 2014 by the Jnanpith Selection Board.
He will be the 50th recipient of Jnanpith award, the highest literary honour of India and he will receive the award in April 2015.
The decision to confer the award on Nemade was taken in a meeting of 10-member selection board chaired by Prof Namwar Singh, a scholar, writer and critic.
His novel Kosala (Cocoon) published in 1963 was not only instrumental in changing the dimensions of the Marathi novel, but also the world of Marathi fiction was transformed with its advent. Only the mega-novel Hindu published in 2010 appears to match this feat that Kosala achieved over five decades ago.
With this award, he will join the league of three noted Marathi writers who have won Jnanpith award. They are:
• Vishnu Sakharam Khandekar, received the award in 1974
• Vishnu Vaman Shirwadkar alias Kusumagraj, received the award in 1988
• Govind Karandikar alias Vinda Karandikar, received the award in 2003
About Bhalchandra Nemade
• He is a novelist poet, critic, academic, and a relentless advocates of the literary movements and the leader of the post-1960s Little Magazine movement.
• His novels among others include Bidhar, Hool, Jarila, Jhool, etc. He composed various poems which are compiled up in his collections named Melody and Dekhani.
• He received various awards for his work including Sahitya Akademi Award (1990) for his critical work Teeka Svayanwar. He is also the recipient of Padma Shri in 2011.
• Nemade was born in 1938 in the village of Jalgoan district of Maharashtra.
• He did his graduation from Fergusson College, Pune and received Doctorate degree from North Maharashtra University.
About Jnanpith Award
• Jnanpith award is one of the prestigious literary awards in India. The name of award is taken from Sanskrit words Jnana and Pitha which means knowledge-seat.
• The award was instituted in 1961 and is presented by Bharatiya Jnanpith, a trust founded by the Sahu Shanti Prasad Jain family.
• The award is given to 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 since 1982, the award is given for lifetime contribution to Indian literature.
• The award includes cash prize of 11 lakh rupees, a citation plaque and a bronze replica of Saraswati.