Margao: Konkani Author Ravindra Kelekar Wins Jnanapeeta Award

Daijiworld Media Network—Margao (MR/CN)

Margao, Nov 23: Octogenarian Konkani litterateur from Goa, Ravindra Kelekar, has won the Jnanapeeta Award for this year. The award consists of a cheque for Rs 5,00,000, a citation plaque, and a bronze replica of ‘Vagdevi’, the Hindu goddess of knowledge, music, and the arts.

The award was instituted in 1961 and its first recipient, in 1965,was  Malayalam author G Sankara Kurup. Any Indian citizen who writes in any of the official languages of India is eligible for the honour.

Prior to 1982, the awards were given for a single work by a writer; since then, the award has been given for a lifetime contribution to Indian literature. Kannada writers have won seven awards, the highest for any language followed by six for Hindi, four for Malayalam, three for Marathi and three for Urdu.

This is the first time a Konkani author is winning the prestigious award. Kelekar was bestowed with the ‘Padma Bhushan’ by the Government of India early this year. The award is a recognition of Kelekar’s pioneering service in the resurgence of the Konkani language, and his eminence as a writer.

A multi-faceted personality—scholar, activist, linguist, and creative thinker—Kelekar was an active participant in the nation’s freedom movement and later, Goa’s liberation movement.

A disciple of Kakasaheb Kalelkar, he has dedicated his life to the preservation, propagation, promotion, and strengthening of Konkani language by authoring nearly 100 books in Konkani. He has also edited ‘Jaag’ magazine for more than two decades.

Kelekar is the recipient of many prestigious awards including Sahitya Akademi Award, the Gomant Sharada Award of Kala Academy, and recently, the Fellowship of Sahitya Akademi. The Central Sahitya Akademi had conferred its fellowship on Ravindra Kelekar in 2007.

Born in 1925, Kelekar is basically an essayist and novelist.  Prior to editing `Jaag’, he edited Konkani periodicals ‘Mirg’ (Monsoon) and Gomant Bharati’.  He is equally at ease writing in Konkani, Marathi, and Hindi.  His chief works in Konkani include `Tulsi’ (novel, 1971), `Uzavaddache Sur’ (The Voices of Light, 1973) and ‘Himalayant’ (In the Himalayas, 1976) which won him the Sahitya Akademi Award. Kelekar’s Marathi travelogue ‘Japan Zaso Dista’ is also well-known.  Most of his writings are a serious meditation on life and its problems.

This September, his book of essays, `Kaleidoscope’, was released. At the time Pundalik Nayak, president, Goa Konkani Akademi, said that just as Satyajit Ray swore to make movies only in Bengali, Kelekar swore to write books only in Konkani and has thus, created a world of Konkani. Nayak called him ‘an Indian writer writing in Konkani’.

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  • Manjunath, Hubli

    Sun, Dec 28 2008

    I salute Ravindra Dada for all that he has given to lovers of Indian Literature. His life and work have been a great inspiration.Pranam Dada

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  • Dr. Cajetan Coelho, Goa, India

    Tue, Dec 2 2008

    Congratulations to Konkani author Ravindra Kelekar. He is serving our language with dedication and distinction. Let us wish him good health and good times.

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  • Concepta Fernandes, Mangalore

    Mon, Nov 24 2008

    Congratulations Sir. It's a great news for Konkani people spread across the continents. I had an opportunity to meet Sri Kelekarji years ago. Laamb Jiyon Konknni.

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  • H M Pernal, Mangalore

    Mon, Nov 24 2008

    Congratulations Sir ! On this Special Occassion I pray God to Bless you with good health and wish more honours in future. Congratulations Once again !

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  • gaspar almeida, goa/kuwait

    Sun, Nov 23 2008

    Amchi porbim Shri Ravindra Kelekar-ak. Gaspar Almeida Associate, www.goa-world.com

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  • CGS, Qatar

    Sun, Nov 23 2008

    Good News!I am really thrilled and delighted to note that Mr.Ravindra Kelekar has been awarded the prestegious Jnanapeeta Award.He was the first Konani Author to win the Sahitya Academy Award for his book 'Himalantu'.I had the privilege to meet Mr.Ravindra Kelekar in Goa in 1974 along with late Mr.Cha Fra De Costa and others.  Long live Mr.Ravindra Kelekar!

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  • Reyan, Kuwait

    Sat, Nov 22 2008

    Congratulations!!It is a very happy moment for konkani people. Now we too proudly can say that Konkani is no more a second Language. There are many Konkani Kannada Script writers who deserve this prestigious award. As this award is 'BharatRatna' of Literature in India the Prize Amount should be increased.

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  • Eugene D'Souza, Moodubelle/Dombivli

    Sat, Nov 22 2008

    It is a matter of pride for all Konkani speaking people around the world that Mr Ravindra Kelkar, the wellknown Konkani literateur from Goa has won the prestigious Jnanapeeta Award for this year. Mr Kelkar being the first Konkani writer to win this award, his achievement indeed praiseworthy. Congratulations to Mr Ravindra Kelkar.

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  • Marcel M. D'Souza, Mangalore

    Sat, Nov 22 2008

    I am thrilled to read the news that a Konkani Writer has been awarded the Jnanpeeth Award for the first time this year. Mr. Ravindra Kelekar has raised Konkani Language to greater heights. Congratulations Mr. Ravindra Kelekar for your achievement. We, the Konkani Writers Forum from Mangalore (Karanataka) are proud of you. PRESIDENT, KONKANI WRITERS' FORUM, MANGALORE (KARNATAKA)

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  • Lancy Pinto Nayak, Kulshekar, Kuwait

    Sat, Nov 22 2008

    I am really happy and proud Author Ravindra ,Kelekar for "KONKANI" language got first time 'Jnanapeeta Award'. Now doors are opened for KONKANI. Now we must up gread our self and prepare next generation for "KONKANI" Next chance to 'KONKANI KANNADI SCRIPT' I hope. All the best for all konkani seneior writers. Support each other. KONKANI KULLVAR AND RANG MANCHI, CONVENER, KUWAIT.

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