Renowned writer Amitav Ghosh was honoured with Jnanpith Award for “outstanding contribution towards literature” on Friday. The Bharatiya Jnanpith declared this through a statement.
“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,” a Bharatiya Jnanpith statement read.
The decision was made by the Jnanpith Selection Board, which is chaired by Jnanpith laureate Pratibha Ray after a meeting, according to NDTV.
“The Shadow Lines”, “The Hungry Tide”, “The Glass Palace” and Ibis Trilogy — “Sea of Poppies”, “River of Smoke”, and “Flood of Fire” are some of the famous novels written by Amitav Ghosh. These novels gave him the stature of one of the best writers in contemporary literature.
Amitav Ghosh also acknowledged the award by responding appropriately. “This is an amazing day for me. I never thought I would find myself on this list, with some of the writers I most admire,” Amitav Ghosh tweeted for his followers.
Ghosh was born in eastern metropolis Kolkata in 1956 to a Bengali family and is currently based in New York with wife Deborah Baker. Studied in Delhi, Oxford and Alexandria, Ghosh had spent his formative years in India, Bangladesh and Sri Lanka.
His latest book, “The Great Derangement; Climate Change and the Unthinkable, a work of non-fiction”, was out a couple of years ago. For the record, Ghosh has also received the Padma Shri and Sahitya Akademi Award in the past.