Jnanpith or Gyanpith is a literary award by Bharatiya Jnanpith every year, honouring writers for their outstanding contribution towards literature. This year, the prestigious award was given to Amitav Ghosh, who became the first English language author to win this honorary award.
Founded in 1965, the Jnanpith Award is given to Indian language authors since all these years, but this is the first time that an English language author – Amitav Ghosh has won the honours. Amitav Ghosh bagged the 54th Jnanpith award for his extraordinary contribution to literature, his ‘extraordinary depth of substance’ of his fiction and his ability to create a space ‘where the past connects with the present’.
Applauding the potential of Amitav Ghosh’s story-narrating skills and the Bharatiya Jnanpith said, “Amitav Ghosh is a path- breaking novelist. In his novels, Ghosh treads through historical settings to the modern era and weaves a space where the past connects with the present in relevant ways. His fiction is endowed with extraordinary depth and substance through his academic training as a historian and a social anthropologist.”
Known as one of the best contemporary Indian writers, Ghosh creates beautiful stories which are wrapped up in even beautiful words. Some of his most notable works are Shadow Lines, The Glass Palace, The Hungry Tide, and a beautiful Ibis trilogy Sea of Poppies, River of Smoke and Flood of Fire. His most recent book was released in 2016, which was a non-fiction named ‘The Great Derangement; Climate Change and the Unthinkable’.
In a tweet, Amitav Ghosh said he was ‘honoured and humbled’. While another tweet was a reply to a fan which said
— Amitav Ghosh (@GhoshAmitav) December 14, 2018
Apart from being honoured by Jnanpith award, Ghosh has been honoured with Padma Shri Award and Sahitya Akademi Award for his work in the writing industry.