Telugu writer Dr Ravuri Bharadwaja was on Wednesday selected for the prestigious Jnanpith award for the year 2012 for his novel ‘paakuDu raaLLu‘.
The 86-year-old writer, who has to his credit more than 37 volumes of short stories and 17 novels among other works, was chosen for the award by a selection board chaired by noted poet Sitakant Mahapatra, a statement of Jnanpith Award committee said.
The books of Bharadwaja, who had education till Class VIII only, had been prescibed as text books in universities and even been the basis of many research works.
He is the third telugu writer to recieve this award after Viswanatha Satyanarayana for ‘raamaayaNa kalpavRksham‘ in 1970 and Dr.C.Narayana Reddy for ‘viSwambhara‘ in 1988.
After 25 years, a telugu writer has won that award.
“Bharadwaja passed through all sorts of vicissitudes of life but continued his service to Telugu literature with perseverance. He is a poet, a playwright, a novelist of distinction and a popular science writer,” the statement of Jnanpith committee said.
Besides short stories and novels, he also had written six short novels for children, five compiliations of short stories for childrem, three collection of essays and biographies and eight plays.
His notable creations include Kadambari, Pakudurallu, Jeevana Samaram, Inupu Tera Venuka and Koumudi and have been translated into English and various Indian languages.
“Bharadwaja’s greatest attribute is his flair for story telling. His works proved that a writer has a social awareness and his work a human purpose,” the Jnanpith committee stated.
He was earlier awarded Sahitya Akademi Award, Soviet Land Nehru Award, Telugu Akademi Award, Balsahitya Parishad Award and honarary doctorate from Nagarjuna University among others.
“I’m feeling like having been blessed with a healthy son after remaining childless for a decade. I am at loss of words,” said Telugu writer Ravuri Bharadwaja today on being selected for prestigious Jnanpith award for the year 2012.
“I am very happy. I am feeling like having been blessed with a healthy son after remaining childless for a decade. I am at loss of words,” the 86-year-told writer said to the media.
Bharadwaja, who had humble beginnings, recalled his struggles in life. “I struggled for food and clothing. I never asked for awards. Of course, I am happy for getting this award.”