* Eminent Gujarati novelist, poet and critic Raghuveer Chaudhary has been selected for the 51st Jnanpith award 2015 for his contribution to Indian literature.
* “The Jnanpith selection Board has announced the recipient of the 51st Jnanpith Award today in a meeting. Eminent Gujarati litterateur Shri Raghuveer Chaudhary,” an official statement said on 29 December 2015.
* His nomination was decided at a meeting of the Jnanpith selection board chaired by writer and scholar Namwar Singh.
* A novelist, poet and critic, Chaudhary is a recipient of Sahitya Academi Award for his novel, "Trilogy Uparvaas" in 1977. His popular novels include "Amrita", "Venu Vatsala", "Purvarang", "Laagni Samjyaa Vinaa Chuuta Padvanu" and others. While his most-known novel "Amrita" (1965) explores the concept of existentialism, other works like "Rudramahalaya" (1978) and "Somtirth" (1996) are historical fiction.
* Instituted in 1961, the award by Bharatiya Jnanpith recognises Indian literatteurs who write in one of the 22 Indian languages listed in Schedule Eight of the Indian Constitution.
* A Gandhian, Chaudhary, 76, has also worked as a columnist for many newspapers, such as Sandesh, Janmabhumi, Nirikshaka and Divya Bhaskar. He served as a teacher at the Gujarat University until his retirement in 1998. He has authored more than 80 books and received numerous literary awards for his significant contributions in Gujarati. He has also served many literary organizations.
* The Jnanpith selection board comprised of eminent writer and critic Prof Namwar Singh, Prof Shamim Hanfi, Harish Trivedi, Prof Suranjan Das, Ramakant Rath, Chandrakant Patil, Prof. Alok Rai, Dinesh Misra and Leeladhar Mandloi.
* Last year the Jnanpith award was given to Marathi writer Bhalchandra Vanaji Nemade, renowned for his books his books “Hindu” and “Kosala.”
* The recipients of the award are given a cash prize, a citation plaque and a bronze replica of Goddess Saraswati.