Goan writer Damodar Mauzo conferred with 57th Jnanpith Award

Writer Damodar Mauzo received the award from Goa Governor P S Sreedharan Pillai. Photo: Wikimedia Commons/Frederick Noronha

Panaji: Writer Damodar Mauzo, who is often termed the doyen of Konkani literature, was presented the prestigious 57th Jnanpith Award on Saturday. He received the award from Goa Governor P S Sreedharan Pillai, and is the second Goan to receive the award. Earlier, Ravindra Kelekar had won the award in 2008.

Addressing a gathering after presenting the award, the governor said Mauzo is the epitome of the Konkani literary culture.

Renowned poet Gulzar was present during the function held at the Raj Bhavan near Goa capital Panaji.

Mauzo's 25 books have been published in Konkani and one in English. Many of his books have also been translated in different languages.

'Charles Dickens of Konkani literature'
Pillai said Konkani is qualitatively rich in its literature though it is spoken by a few lakh people.

The governor drew parallels between Charles Dickens and Damodar Mauzo who, he said, chose to portray orphaned children as main characters in their writings.

Both these great writers have bravely "shown the mirror to the society", he said.

"I feel proud and happy to bestow this great award on the great Goan writer Damodarji, the governor said.

Mauzo's famous novel 'Karmelin' received the Sahitya Akademi Award in 1983.

The novel, published in 1981, has been translated in Hindi, Marathi, English, Punjabi, Sindhi, Tamil, Odia and Maithili languages.

While Goa Chief Minister Pramod Sawant, who was in Delhi, joined the function online, state Art and Culture Minister Govind Gaude and Bharatiya Jnanpith president Justice Virendra Jain were present at the Raj Bhavan during the event.

Gulzar and Gaude also spoke on the occasion.

(With PTI inputs)

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