57th Jnanpith Award was given to Goan writer Damodar Maujo
Goan writer Damodar Maujo has been honoured with the 57th Jnanpith Award, India's highest literary honour.
An Overview of the News
- He is a renowned short story writer, novelist, critic and screenwriter in Konkani language.
- Damodar Maujo is the second Goan to receive the Jnanpith Award after Ravindra Kelekar in 2008.
- He has written 25 books in Konkani and one in English, many of which have been translated into various languages.
- Mauzo’s famous novel ‘Karmelin’ received the Sahitya Akademi Award in 1983.
- The award ceremony took place at the Raj Bhavan near Panaji, the capital of Goa.
- It is the oldest and highest Indian literary award presented annually by Bharatiya Jnanpith.
- It recognizes outstanding contributions to literature by Indian authors writing in English as well as in the Indian languages listed in the Eighth Schedule to the Constitution of India.
- The first award was given on 19 November 1966 to G.K. Shankar Kurup was awarded.
- The award was established in 1961 and is not given posthumously.
- Ashapurna Devi became the first woman recipient in 1976 for her novel "Prothom Protishruti" (The First Promise).
It is a state located on the west coast of India, bordering the Arabian Sea.
It is the smallest state of India by area.
Formation (as a state) - 30 May 1987
Capital - Panaji
Official Animal - Gaur
Official Bird - Yellow Throated Bulbul
Official Tree - Terminalia elliptica
Rajya Sabha - 1 seat
Lok Sabha - 2 seats
Governor - PS Sreedharan Pillai
Chief Minister - Pramod Sawant
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