Jnanpith award 2013 conferred on Hindi poet Kedarnath Singh

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    President Pranab Mukherjee conferred the 49th Jnanpith 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 literature.
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