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Marathi writer Bhalchandra Nemade chosen for Jnanpith Award

Famous Marathi Novelist Bhalchandra Nemade has been selected for 2014 Jnanpith Award, the highest literary honour in India. Nemade is the fourth Marathi writer to win the literary honour.

Nemade was born on May 27, 1938 in Sangavi village in Khandesh, Maharashtra. He was graduated from Ferguson College in Pune in 1959. He completed his Master’s degree in Linguistics from Deccan College in Pune. He did his PhD and D Lit degrees from North Maharashtra University.

Nemade’s debut novel was Kosala. This novel established him as one of the great writers in Marathi literary world. His other famous works include Hool, Bidar (1967), Zarila (1977) and Zhool (1979). Nemade was accolade with Sahitya Akademi award in 1991 for his volume of criticism, Teeka Swayamvara, and Padma Shri in 2011.

Knowledge is Wealth

  • The Jnanpith Award, one of the two most prestigious literary honours in India, was instituted in 1961.
  • The award carries a cheque for Rs. 11 lakh, a citation plaque and a bronze replica of Goddess Saraswati
  • The first recipient of Jnanpith Award was Sankara Kurup for his work Odakkuzhal (Malayalam).
  • Jnanpith Award is only for Indian citizens who write in any of the official languages of India.