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.