Famous English writer Amitav Ghosh was conferred with the 54th Jnanpith award for the year 2018.
The Jnanpith award was given for Amitav Ghosh's outstanding contribution in English.
Former Governor of West Bengal Gopalkrishna Gandhi presented the Jnanpith award to Amitav Ghosh at a function in New Delhi on 12th June 2019
Amitav Ghosh is the first English writer to get this award. In his works,
Amitav Ghosh portrays a wide range of subjects. Its the first time that Jnanpith award is given for English writings.
Amitav Ghosh was born in Calcutta in 1956. He is an alumnus of Doon School, Dehradun, St. Stephen’s College, Delhi University and Delhi School of Economics.
Amitav Ghosh was awarded Padma Shri in 2007 and was elected as Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature in 2009. He was also named Ford Foundation Art of Change Fellow in 2015.
Jnanpith award was instituted in 1961.
With Jnanpith award, the Bhartiya Jnanpith recognizes Indian litterateurs who write in one of the 22 Indian languages listed in the Schedule Eight of the Indian Constitution.
Jnanpith award winners receive a cash prize, a citation and a bronze replica of Goddess Saraswati.
Famous Malayalam writer G.S. Kurup was the first winner of Jnanpith award.