Telugu writer, Oriya novelist chosen for Jnanpith awards

Telugu writer Dr Ravuri Bharadwaja has been selected for the prestigious Jnanpith award for the year 2012 . Oriya novelist Pratibha Ray gets the ward for 2011.

Bharadwaja, 86, 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.

Ray, also an academician, has written over 40 novels, travelogues and short stories. The books of Bharadwaja, who had education till Class VIII only, had been prescribed as text books in universities and even been the basis of many research works.

Besides short stories and novels, he has also written six short novels for children, five compilations of short stories for children, 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.

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.
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