Konkani writer Mahabaleshwar Sail honoured with Saraswati Samman 2016

Posted on:13 Mar 2017 09:23:56
Konkani writer Mahabaleshwar Sail honoured with Saraswati Samman 2016
13 March 2017 Current Affairs: Prominent Konkani writer Mahabaleshwar Sail was on 9 March 2017 selected for the Saraswati Samman 2016 for his novel Hawthan.

The 74-year-old writer's novel, published in 2009, was shortlisted from 22 books written in as many languages.

The selection for the award was made by a jury presided by the 29th Chief Justice of India (CJI) AS Anand.

Mahabaleshwar Sail is Goa-based renowned bi-lingual writer. So far, he wrote 4 Marathi dramas and 7 Konkani novels. Sail also written 5 short stories and a novel in Marathi.

The novel 'Hawthan' is a well-researched work of fiction. The book presents the cultural map of the traditional potter community of Goa.

Saraswati Samman :  It is named after Goddess Saraswati, Indian goddess of learning. The award was instituted in 1991 by the KK Birla Foundation.The award consists of 15 lakh rupees, a citation and a plaque.

The inaugural award was given to Harivanshrai Bachchan for his four volume autobiography - Kya Bhooloon Kya Yaad Karoon, Needa Ka Nirman Phir, Basere Se Door and Dashdwar Se Sopan Tak.

The Saraswati Samman for 2015 was given to Padma Sachdev for her autobiography titled Chitt-Chete, which was written in Dogri language.

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