50th Jnanpith Award conferred on Marathi litterateur Bhalchandra Nemade [ Current Affairs ]


50th Jnanpith Award was selected eminent Marathi litterateur Bhalchandra Nemade (4th Marathi writer) and he received of cheque11 lakh rupees and a citation plaque and a bronze replica of Saraswati by Prime Minister Narendra Modi at a function in Parliament House Complex in New Delhi. Bhalchandra Nemade was born in 1938 in the village of Jalgoan district of Maharashtra and his novel, Kosala, written in 1963 is considered as a path breaking in Marathi literature.

Nemade completed his graduation from Fergusson College, Pune and received PhD and D.Lit. degrees from North Maharashtra University and he had taught English, Marathi, and comparative literature at various universities and retired from Mumbai University’s Gurudeo Tagore Chair for comparative literature studies.

Nemade’s contribution of litterateur:

  1. Edited Marathi magazine Vacha (1960)
  2. Novel Collection- Kosla, Bidhar, Hool, Jarila, Jhool, Hindu- Jagnyachi Samruddha Adgal.
  3. Poem Collection- Melody, Dekhani.
  4. 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).

Awards received by Bhalchandra Nemade:

  • Sahitya Akademi Award (1990) for his critical work Teeka Svayanwar.
  • Padma Shri (2011).

Jnanpith Award was received in Marathi litterateur by:

  • Vishnu Sakharam Khandekar (1974) for his work Yayati
  • Vishnu Vaman Shirwadkar (1987), also known as Kusumagraj.
  • Vinda Karandikar (2003)

- Published on: April 27, 2015