Kannada writer S L Bhyrappa was selected for the prestigious Saraswati Samman for his novel ‘Mandra’.
Prof Bhyrappa was selected by the jury headed by former Chief Justice of India G B Patnaik. The award, constituted by K K Birla Foundation, consists of Rs 7.50 lakh, a citation and a plaque.
"After consideration of the works published in 22 Indian languages during 2000-2009, the Chayan Parishad (jury) selected ‘Mandra’, a novel in Kannada by Prof Bhyrappa for the 20th Saraswati Samman," a statement said here.
The 75-year-old writer has so far authored 22 novels, the first being ‘Bheemakaya’ in 1959. He is one of the best selling novelists in Kannada over the past 25 years.
‘Mandra’ is one of the most acclaimed epic novels of Prof Bhyrappa.
Saraswati Samman was instituted in 1991 and is given every year on an outstanding literary work written in any Indian language mentioned in schedule VII of the Constitution by an Indian citizen and published during the last 10 years.