BENGALI POET SHANKHA GHOSH CHOSEN FOR JNANPITH AWARD
Eminent modern Bengali poet Shankha Ghosh has been chosen for the prestigious 52nd Jnanpith Award for 2016. The recipients of the award are given a cash prize, a citation plaque and a bronze replica of Goddess Saraswati.
Instituted in 1961, the award by Bharatiya Jnanpith recognises Indian literatteurs who write in one of the 22 Indian languages listed in Schedule Eight of the Indian Constitution. Last year the Jnanpith award was given to Gujarati writer Raghuveer Chaudhary.