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Gulzar and Jagadguru Rambhadracharya have been honoured as recipients with Jnanpith Award

Renowned Urdu poet Gulzar and Sanskrit scholar Jagadguru Rambhadracharya have been honoured as recipients of the prestigious 58th Jnanpith Award, as announced by the Jnanpith selection committee on Saturday.

Gulzar, also known as Sampooran Singh Kalra, is celebrated for his profound contributions to Hindi cinema and is revered as one of the foremost Urdu poets of contemporary times.

Jagadguru Rambhadracharya, distinguished as the founder and head of Tulsi Peeth in Chitrakoot, stands as a revered Hindu spiritual leader, educator, and prolific author of over 240 books and texts, including four epics.

In a statement, the Jnanpith selection committee declared, “It has been decided to bestow the award (for 2023) upon eminent writers from two languages: Sanskrit luminary Jagadguru Rambhadracharya and the esteemed Urdu litterateur Shri Gulzar.” Established in 1944, the Jnanpith Award is an annual recognition bestowed for exceptional contributions to Indian literature. Notably, this marks the second instance of the award being conferred for Sanskrit literature and the fifth for Urdu literature.

The award, which carries a prestigious prize of Rs 21 lakh, a statue of Vagdevi, and a citation, symbolises the highest honour in Indian literary circles, recognising the profound impact and enduring legacy of recipients’ literary endeavours.

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