Krishna Sobti wins 53rd Jnanpith

Krishna Sobti wins 53rd Jnanpith

Renowned Hindi litterateur Krishna Sobti has been chosen for this year's Jnanpith Award, the Jnanpith Selection Board announced on Friday.

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

Born in 1925 in a part of Gujarat that is 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.

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 range from India-Pakistan partition and relationships between man and woman to the changing dynamics of the Indian society and the gradual deterioration of human values.

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