Prominent Konkani writer Mahabaleshwar Sail was on 31 August 2017 presented with the Saraswati Samman 2016 for his novel 'Hawthan'.
The novel 'Hawthan', published in 2009, captures cultural lives of traditional potter community in Goa.
Mahabaleshwar was selected for the award by a jury presided by the 29th Chief Justice of India (CJI) AS Anand.
About Mahabaleshwar Sail
• Mahabaleshwar Sail is a bilingual writer based in Goa.
• He has written four Marathi dramas, 7 Konkani novels, 5 short stories and novels in Marathi.
• He was awarded with the Sahitya Akadami Award in Konkani language for his short story collection ‘Taranga’ in 1993.
• In his early days, he had served the Indian Army and participated in 1965 Indo-Pakistani War.
• He also served as UN peacekeeper in 1964-1965 at Israel and Egypt border.
About Saraswati Samman
• Saraswati Samman is an annual award bestowed upon Indian citizens for their outstanding literary work written in any 22 Indian languages mentioned in Schedule VIII of Constitution.
• Named after Indian goddess Saraswati, the award was established in 1991 by the KK Birla Foundation.
• The award carries a cash prize of Rs 15 lakh, a citation and a plaque of goddess Saraswati.
• Harivansh Rai Bachchan was first recipient of this award.
When: 31 August 2017