Shankha Ghosh Selected for 2016 Jnanpith Award (Download PDF)


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Veteran Bengali poet Shankha Ghosh has been selected for this year’s Jnanpith Award. It is India’s highest literary award. The decision was announced by the Jnanpith Board in New Delhi. The award returned to Bengal after 20 years. Mahasveta Devi was the last to receive Jnanpith from the state.

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About Shankha Ghosh

  • Born 1932 in Chandpur, (Bangladesh)
  • He is considered to be a stalwart in modern Bengali literature and a leading authority on Rabindranath Tagore.
  • Graduate in Bengali literature from Kolkata’s Presidency College.
  • Began his career as a teacher, first at the Calcutta University and later at Jadavpur and Viswa Bharati University.
  • Ghosh is a poet with an eye to the social milieu and his poems record both his time and space in a rare poetic style.
  • Awards: Padma Bhushan in 2011, the Sahitya Academi award in 1999.
  • Ghosh became the sixth Bengali author to win India’s highest literary award after the likes of Mahasweta Devi, Tarashankar Bandopadhyay, Ashapurna Devi, Subhash Mukhopadhyay and Bishnu Dey.
Bengali poet Shankha Ghosh

Bengali Poet Shankha Ghosh

Bengali poet Shankha Ghosh

About Jnanpith Award

  • Awarded by Bharatiya Jnanpith.
  • Category : Literature (Individual)
  • The award is bestowed Indian writers writing in Indian languages included in the Eighth Schedule to the Constitution of India and English.
  • Instituted:1961
  • First awarded:1965
  • Last awarded:2016
  • Total awarded: 57
  • Cash award: ₹11 lakh (equivalent to ₹12 lakh or US$17,000 in 2016)
  • First awardee(s):G. Sankara Kurup
  • Recent awardee(s):Shankha Ghosh
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- Published/Last Modified on: December 24, 2016


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