Awards Current Affairs 2017

Bhupen Hazarika Award conferred to Yeshe Dorjee Thongshi

The Bhupen Hazarika National Award, 2017 has been conferred upon the noted writer Yeshe Dorjee Thongshi. This is the fifth edition of the award which was first conferred in 2012.

The award has been instituted by Sarhad, a Maharashtra-based organisation. The award honours an outstanding literary work at national and international level. The award consists of 51,000 rupees, a memento and a certificate.

Yeshe Dorjee Thongshi

Yeshe Dorjee Thongshi belongs to the West Kameng district of Arunachal Pradesh. He graduated from Cotton College, Guwahati and did his MA from Guwahati University.

In spite of having Sherdukpen as his mother tongue, Yeshe Dorjee Thongshi started writing his works in Assamese over which he has excellent command. So far, he has written about a dozen novels and numerous short stories and plays. His famous novel includes Mauna Onth Mukhar Hriday (Silent lips, murmuring hearts) which won the Sahitya Akademi award in 2005.

Yeshe Dorjee Thongshi joined the Arunachal Pradesh Civil Service in 1977 and was elevated to the IAS in 1992.  He is the founder and president of Arunachal Pradesh Literary Society.

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Israeli Author David Grossman wins Man Booker International Prize

Israeli author David Grossman has won the Man Booker International Prize for his novel “A Horse Walks Into a Bar“. David Grossman has become the first Israeli author to win the Man Booker International Prize. He will share the £50,000 ($64,000) award money with his translator Jessica Cohen.

David Grossman has also won other international awards. David Grossman’s 1986 novel “See Under: Love” is hailed as a masterpiece of his work which revolved around Holocaust and the generation of Jews that followed.

Other important works of David Grossman includes The Yellow Wind, To the End of the Land. His works have been translated into over 30 languages. He is also a recipient of France’s Chevalier de l’Ordre des Arts et des Lettres in 1998. David Grossman is one among the seven noted writers who appealed the United Nations Security Council (UNSC) to sanction the Syrian government over its actions in 2011.

Man Booker Prize

The Man Booker Prize is world’s most prestigious English-language literary award. It was launched in 1969 and presented by the Man Group. The international edition of the Man Booker Prize was introduced in 2005. From 2016, the prize is awarded for a single work of fiction that has been translated into English and published in the United Kingdom.

The award aims at promoting the finest literary work in fiction by rewarding the best novel of the year written in English and published in the United Kingdom. It carries a cash prize of 50,000 pounds. The authors are shortlisted by judges from a wide range of disciplines and all with a passion for quality fiction. Last year, the prize was won by South Korean author Han Kang for her novel The Vegetarian.

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