President Pranab Mukherjee conferred the 49thJnanpith Award to eminent Hindi poet Kedarnath Singh for his outstanding contribution towards Indian literature. He was conferred this award at a function held at Balyogi Auditorium, Parliament Library Building in New Delhi.
Kedarnath Singh as a poet has offered a rare assimilation of rhymes and lyrical prose, exploring both the realms of reality and fantasy with equal felicity. His poetry presents a collage of meaning, colours and acceptance.
He is the 10th Hindi writer to receive the award.
About Kedarnath Singh
·Kedarnath Singh was a celebrated teacher who had taught at Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU).
·He was born in Balia of Uttar Pradesh and is known for his work Abhi bilkul abhi and Yahan se dekho.
·He is also an eminent critic and essayist. He was also awarded Sahitya Academy Award (1989) in Hindi for his poetry collection, Akaal Mein Saras.
·He became famous with a book entitled Teesra Saptak edited by Sachidananda Hirananda Vatsyayan whose pen name was Agyeya.
About Jnanpith Award
· The Jnanpith Award is a literary award in India. Along with the Sahitya Akademi Fellowship, it is one of the two most prestigious literary honours in the country.
· The name of award is taken from Sanskrit words, Jnana and Pitha (knowledge-seat).
· The award includes 11 lakh rupees and a citation plaque and a bronze replica of Saraswati.
· The award was instituted in 1961. It is presented by the Bharatiya Jnanpith trust founded by the Sahu Jain family.
· The award is given to any Indian citizen who writes in any 22 official languages of India mentioned in VIII Schedule of Constitution.
·Prior to 1982, the awards were given for a single work by a writer; since then, the award has been given for a lifetime contribution to Indian literatur
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