Noted Telugu writer Prof. Kalakaluri Enoch was on 29 September 2016 conferred with Moortidevi Award of Bharatiya Jnanpith for the year 2015 at function in New Delhi. The award was given for his novel Ananta Jeevanam. The novel was thought-provoking and contemplative as it depicted the struggle of the weak, the downtrodden and the common man of Rayalaseema. This is the first time aTelugu writer was selected for the award.
Veteran art historian Dr Kapila Vatsyayana presented the award to Prof. Kalakaluri Enoch.
Prof. Kalakaluri Enoch
• Born on 1 July 1939, Prof. Enoch is a former vice-chancellor of SV University.
• He has been awarded the Padma Shri.
• The noted Dalit voice, poet and academician was awarded the Padma Shri, the fourth highest civilian award, in 2014 for his contributions to the field of literature.
• He has credited over 180 poems, 180 stories, 9 novels and 30 plays.
About Moorti Devi Award
• Moorti Devi award was founded by Bharatiya Jnanpith and is given away to the authors who have contributed in the field of contemporary creative writing in modern Indian languages.
• It is presented annually for a contemplative and perceptive work which expresses, underlines and illumines human values rooted in the broad vision of Indian philosophy and cultural heritage.
• Books written in English and all Indian languages are considered for the Prize, which comprises a cash award of four lakhs rupees, a Saraswati statue and a citation plaque.
Previous five recipients of Moorti Devi award are
Gopi Chand Narang
Urdu Ghazal aur Hindustani Zehn-o Tahzeeb
Ahmev Radha, Ahmev Krishnah
Theekkadal Katanhu Thirumadhuram