Popular English author Amitav Ghosh has been honored with 54th Jnanpith Award for his “outstanding contribution towards literature”, announced Bharatiya Jnanpith today.
A statement from Bharatiya Jnanpith reads, “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.”
The decision to honor him the 54th Jnanpith award was taken in a Jnanpith Selection Board meeting, which was chaired by eminent novelist, Jnanpith laureate and scholar Pratibha Ray.
Amitav Ghosh is one of the most contemporary writers in India, who is popular for a series of novels, including “The Glass Palace”, “The Shadow Lines”, and “The Hungry Tide”, and Ibis Trilogy- “River of Smoke”, “Sea of Poppies”, “Flood of Fire”- chronicling the Opium trade between China and India by the East India Company.
Mr. Ghosh in a Twitter post wrote, he was “honored and humbled.”
While responding to a fan’s tweeter post, Mr. Ghosh said that “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 was born in 1956 in Kolkata to Bengali-Hindu family and he currently lives in New York with his wife Deborah Baker. 62-years-old English Author has spent his formatives years in India, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka. He has studied in Delhi, Oxford, and Alexandria.
Mr. Ghosh recent books “The Great Derangement; Climate Change and the Unthinkable, a work of non-fiction”, was released in 2016. He is also a recipient of the Padma Shri and Sahitya Akademi Award.