Jnanpith award

Celebrated Hindi writer Krishna Sobti has been chosen as the recipient of the 53rd Jnanpith Award. (YouTube screengrab)

NEW DELHI — Renowned Hindi litterateur Krishna Sobti has been chosen for the 2017 Jnanpith Award, the Jnanpith Selection Board announced Nov. 3.

“The Jnanpith Selection Board announced the recipient of the 53rd Jnanpith Award for the year 2017 on Friday in a meeting. It went to eminent Hindi litterateur Krishna Sobti,” the board said in a statement.

Born in 1925 in Gujarat, now in Pakistan, Sobti, 92, is known for experimenting with new writing styles and creating “bold” and “daring” characters in her stories who were ready to accept all challenges.

Her language is highly influenced by the intermingling of Hindi, Urdu and Punjabi cultures.

“Sobti is a path breaking novelist. She has immensely enriched Hindi literature,” noted scholar, writer, critic and chairman of Jnanpith Selection Board, Namwar Singh, said in a statement.

Others on the decision-making body included Girishwar Misra, Shamim Hanfi, Harish Trivedi, Suranjan Das, Ramakant Rath, Chandrakant Patil, Alok Rai, C Radhakrishnan, Madhishudhan Anand and Leeladhar Mandloi.

The writer’s choice of subjects ranges from India-Pakistan Partition to man-woman relationships to the changing dynamics of the Indian society and the gradual deterioration of human values.

Some of her celebrated works include “Daar Se Bichhudi,” “Mitro Marjani,” “Zindaginama,” “Dil-O-Danish,” “Badalom Ke Ghere,” “Ai Ladki” and “Gujarat Pakistan Se Gujarat Hindustan.”

Several of her works have been translated into other Indian languages, and in Swedish, Russian and English.

She has been the recipient of many coveted awards in the past, including Hindi Akademi Awards, Shiroman Awards, Maithli Sharan Gupt Samman, Sahitya Akademi Fellowship and Padma Bhushan.

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