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Jnanpith award

Date: 11 December 2021 Tags: Honours & Awards


Assamese poet Nilmani Phookan Jr and Konkani writer Damodar Mauzo won the 56th and 57th Jnanpith Award respectively.



Damodar Mauzo

  • Mauzo is a novelist and short story writer based in Majorda, Goa and is known for works such as Karmelin, and Tsunami Simon, and short stories, such as Teresa’s Man and Other Stories from Goa.

  • He had won the Sahitya Akademi Award in 1983 for his novel Karmelin.

  • For his for his novel Tsunami Simon, Mauzo won the Vimala V. Pai Vishwa Konkani Sahitya Puraskar award in 2011.

  • He is also an activist and worked extensively towards the inclusion of Konkani as a language in the Eighth Schedule of the Constitution of India.

  • This is the second Jnanpith Award for a Konkani writer, the first being Ravindra Kelekar in 2006.



Nilmani Phookan Jr

  • Phookan is an Assamese poet known for his works such as Surya Henu Nami Ahe Ei Nodiyedi, Gulapi Jamur Lagna, and Kobita

  • He is also involved in writing prose and is a pioneering art critic from Assam, with a focus on folklore and folk art.

  • Phookan was earlier awarded the Padma Shri in 1990 and received the Sahitya Akademi Fellowship in 2002.

  • Phookan is the third Assamese writer to receive the prestigious Jnanpith.



The award

Jnanpith is India’s highest literary award, and is bestowed on writers for “their outstanding contribution towards literature”.