Kolkata: Noted English writer Amitav Ghosh was felicitated with the 54th Jnanpith award on Wednesday. He was conferred with the honour for his “outstanding contribution to the enrichment of Indian Literature in English”.
Former Governor of West Bengal Gopalkrishna Gandhi presented the award to Ghosh at a function in New Delhi yesterday evening.
Ghosh is the first English writer to get this award. The works of Amitav Ghosh portray a vast range of subjects.
Ghosh, who is a social anthropologist by academic training, has written extensively in both fiction and non-fiction sphere of literature. His works have been translated into more than 30 languages. He was awarded the Sahitya Akademi Award in 1990 for his book “The Shadow Lines” and the Padma Shri in 2007 for his services to literature and education. Ghosh also holds four honourary doctorates.
The Jnanpith award is the highest literary award in India and can only be conferred upon an Indian citizen. The English language was added to the list of languages for consideration after the 49th Jnanpith Award.