Eminent Gujarati novelist, poet and critic, Raghuveer Chaudhary, has been chosen for the prestigious Jnanpith Award for 2015, the literary organisation announced.
“The Jnanpith selection Board has announced the recipient of the 51st Jnanpith Award in a meeting, today. Eminent Gujarati litterateur Shri Raghuveer Chaudhary will receive the award,” an official statement said on Tuesday. His nomination was decided at a meeting of the selection board chaired by writer and scholar Namwar Singh.
Instituted in 1961, the award by Bharatiya Jnanpith recognises Indian literatteurs who write in one of the 22 Indian languages listed in Schedule Eight of the Indian Constitution.
Author of more than 80 books, Chaudhary began his writing career with novels and poetry, and later ventured into other forms of literature, including plays, essays and short stories. Born in 1938 in Gandhinagar, the writer is a Gandhian and his works are largely influenced by literary figures like Govardhanram Tripathi, Kaka Kalelkar, Suresh Joshi, Ramdarash Mishra, and GN Dickey.
A prominent figure on the contemporary Gujarati literary scene, Chaudhary’s faith in the functional aspect of human life is voiced through his novels Amrita, Venu Vatsala, and the Uparvas trilogy.
He also received the Sahitya Akademi award for Uparvas in 1977 besides winning other honours, including Kumar Chandrak for poetry, Uma-Sneharashmi Prize and Ranjitram Gold Medal for creative writing, and Sauhard Samman from the Uttar Pradesh Sansthaan.