On December 29, 2015 Gujarati litterateur Raghuveer Chaudhary was selected for the 51st Jnanpith award. Raghuveer Chaudhary was selected for the Jnanpith Award for his contribution towards Gujarati literature. Mr. Chaudhary is the fourth Gujarati litterateur to bag this prestigious award after Uma Shankar Joshi (1967), Pannalal Patel (1985) and Rajendra Shah (2001). Raghuveer Chaudhary writes in Gujarati as well as in Hindi language. Also Read - CBSE & ICSE Board Exams 2021: Top 7 Things to do For Preparation |Watch Video

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Born in 1938 in Bapupura village near Gandhinagar (Gujarat) Raghuveer Chaudhari wrote more than 80 books in his writing career. He received his Bachelor degree in 1960 and completed his Post Graduation in Hindi language and literature in 1962. He received his PhD degree in Comparative Study of Hindi and Gujarati Verbal Roots in 1979. Also Read - Telangana Schools to Reopen for Classes 6 and 8 After Nearly 11 Months

He joined School of Languages in Gujarat University in 1977 to teach Hindi language and retired as a Professor in 1998. He also served as the member of executive council of Sahitya Akademi from 1998 to 2002. He also worked as a member of the Press Council of India from 2002 to 2004. He was also selected as the jury member for the 25th Indian Film Festival. In 2001, he became the President of Gujarati Sahitya Parishad, where he is currently serving as trustee.

Few of the novels written by him are Amrita (1965), Rudramahalaya (1978), Somtirth (1996), Venu Vatsala (1967). His 1975 trilogy series included novels entitled Uparvas, Sahwas and Antarvas for which he won Sahitya Akademi award in 1977.

Few of the Plays written by him include Trijo Purush, Sikandar Sani, and Dim Light. He also wrote many Poems, few of his poetry collections included Tamasa (1965), Vaheta Vriksha Pavanma (1985). He also wrote columns in regional and national dailies such as Sandesh, Divya Bhaskar, Janmabhoomi and Nirikshaka.

Awards                                                                                        

  • Sahitya Akademi award (1977)
  • Ranjitram Suvarna Chandrak (1975)
  • Munshi award (1997)
  • Sauhard Samman from Uttar Pradesh Hindi Sansthaan (1990)
  • Narmad Award (2010)
  • Uma-Snehrashmi Prize

Jnanpith Award

The Jnanpith Award is a literary award given in India presented by Bharatiya Jnanpith. It was instituted in 1961. The Jnanpith Award is given to an Indian author who has contributed towards the literature of any one of the Indian languages. Bharatiya Jnanpith is a trust which was founded by Sahu Shanti Prasad Jain. In 2014, author Bhalachandra Nemade was awarded with Jnanpith Award for contributing in Marathi literature.

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