State Governor P S Sreedharan Pillai presented Goan author Damodar Mauzo with the coveted Jnanpith Award, the nation’s highest literary honour.
On Saturday, the governor spoke to a crowd after delivering the award and said Mauzo is the “epitome of the Konkani literary culture.”
At the event held at the Raj Bhavan outside of Panaji, the capital of Goa, famous poet Gulzar was present.
One English book and 25 Konkani novels by Mauzo have both been published. Additionally, several of his books have been translated into other languages.
Even though Konkani is only spoken by a few lakh people, according to Pillai, it has a qualitatively rich literature.
The governor compared Charles Dickens and Damodar Mauzo, saying that both authors opted to use orphaned youngsters as the focus of their works.
He claimed that these two great authors had fearlessly “shown the mirror to the society.”
The governor remarked, “I feel proud and happy to present this great award to the great Goan writer Damodarji.”
The Sahitya Akademi Award was given to Mauzo’s celebrated book Karmelin in 1983.
The 1981 novel has been translated into the languages of Hindi, Marathi, English, Punjabi, Sindhi, Tamil, Odia, and Maithili.