* Eminent Marathi litterateur Bhalachandra Nemade has been chosen for the 50th Jnanpith Award for 2014.
* The decision to confer the 50th Jnanpith award on 76-year-old Nemade was taken in a meeting of the 10-member selection board chaired by noted scholar, writer, and critic Prof Namwar Singh in New Delhi.
* Born in 1938, Namade occupies a unique place in Marathi literature.
* His hugely celebrated works — from "Kosala", 1963 to his recently-published magnum opus "Hindu" — have earned him a reputation as a self-aware, globally conscious and alert writer, said a statement issued by Bharatiya Jnanpith on 6 February 2015.
* He was honoured with Sahitya Akademi award in 1991 for his volume of criticism, Teeka Swayamvara, and Padma Shri in 2011.
* Nemade is the fourth Marathi writer to win the literary honour after VS Khandekar in 1974, VV Shirwadkar alias Kusumagraj in 1988, and Govind Karandikar alias Vinda Karandikar in 2003.
* He has novels like Hool, Bidar (1967), Zarila (1977) and Zhool (1979) and poetry volumes,Dekhni and Melody to his credit among other critical essays.