Sunil Gangopadhyay wins Saraswati Samman for 'Prathom Alo'

Sunil Gangopadhyay wins Saraswati Samman for 'Prathom Alo'
New Delhi, Mar 18 (PTI) Noted Bengali writer and poet Sunil Gangopadhyay has won country's most prestigious literary award Saraswati Samman for his acclaimed novel 'Pratham Alo'.

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.


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