Prolific Marathi writer Bhalchandra Nemade has been named for Jnanpith Award 2014.
He is the 4th Marathi writer to receive the honour and is the 50th recipient of Jnanpith award. The other Marathi writers are
I)Vishnu Sakharam Khandekar (1974) for his work Yayati.
II)Vishnu Vaman Shirwadkar (1987).
III)Vinda Karandikar (2003).
About Bhalchandra Nemade
He pursued his bachelor’s degree and received PhD and D.Lit. degrees from North Maharashtra University. He has taught English, Marathi, and comparative literature at various universities including the School of Oriental and African Studies at London. In the 1960s, he had edited Marathi magazine Vacha.
His Prominent literary works
Novel Collection – Kosla, Bidhar, Hool, Jarila, Jhool, Hindu- Jagnyachi Samruddha Adgal.
Poem Collection –Melody, Dekhani.
Criticism Collection –Teekaswayamvar, Sahityachi Bhasha, Tukaram, The Influence of English on Marathi : A Sociolinguistic and Stylistic Study, Indo-Anglian Writings: Two Lectures, Prasaranga Prakashan, Mysore, Nativism (Desivad).
Other Awards –He has received Sahitya Akademi Award (1990) for his critical work Teeka Svayanwar. He is also recipient of Padma Shri (2011).
About Jnanpith Award
Jnanpith award is one of the prestigious literary awards in India. It was instituted in 1961 and 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. The award includes 11 lakh rupees and a citation plaque and a bronze replica of Saraswati.
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.