The award, instituted by the K K Birla Foundation, is given every year to an outstanding literary work in 18 Indian languages published in the last 10 years. It carries an award money of Rs five lakhs, a release from the Foundation said today.
Gangopadhyay, Vice-President of the Sahitya Akademi here, has penned more than 250 volumes, including novels, short-story collections, poetry collections and travelogues.
'Pratham Alo' (First Light), published in 1996, tells the story of a young man during the freedom struggle, blending imaginative insights with historical facts.
The selection for the Saraswati Samman is made by a high-level Chayan Parishad presided over by Justice G B Patnaik, former Chief Justice of India.
Previous winners of the award include Hindi writer Harivansh Rai Bachchan and Marathi playwright Vijay Tendulkar.