The 53rd Jnanpith Award goes to renowned Hindi littérateur Krishna Sobti. The Jnanpith Selection Board announced the winner on Friday. The award comprises of a cash prize of Rs 11 lakh, a certificate and a memento. The 92 year old writer was born in 1925 in Gujarat in Pakistan’s Punjab Province.
With a language highly influenced by the intermingling of Hindi, Urdu and Punjabi cultures she chose subjects ranged from the Partition, relationships between man and woman, to the dynamics of the Indian society and the eventual deterioration of human values.
She is known for experimenting with new writing styles. 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 also in Swedish, Russian and English.
She is a recipient of many prestigious awards in the past, including Hindi Akademi Awards, Shiroman Awards, Maithli Sharan Gupt Samman, Sahitya Akademi Fellowship and Padma Bhushan.