Eminent Konkani writer Mahabaleshwar Sail (74) was selected for the prestigious Saraswati Samman 2016 for his novel Hawthan.
His novel was shortlisted out of 22 books written in as many languages. He will receive cash prize of Rs 15 lakh and a citation.
About Mahabaleshwar Sail
- He is bilingual writer based in Goa. He has written four Marathi dramas and seven Konkani novels. He has also written five short stories and a novel in Marathi.
- He is best known for his work, ‘Paltadcho Munis’, which inspired a film by the same name. Most of his short stories and novels are translated into English and Hindi,
- ‘Hawtha’, his work of fiction presenting the cultural map of the traditional potter community of Goa was published in 2009,
About Saraswati Samman
- Saraswati Samman is an annual award bestowed upon Indian citizen for his outstanding literary work written in any Indian language mentioned in Schedule VIII of Constitution and published during last 10 years.
- The award has been named after an Indian goddess of learning and is considered to be among the highest literary awards in India.
- It was established in 1991 by the K. K. Birla Foundation. It carries cash prize of 15 lakh rupees, a citation and a plaque of goddess Saraswati.
- Eminent Hindi author Harivansh Rai Bachchan was the first recipient of this award for his autobiography in four volumes