VISHNU SAKHARAM KHANDEKAR (1898-1976) is acknowledged as one of the all time greats of Marathi literature. In his literary career spanning nearly half a century he published eleven novels, thirty one collections of short stories, six collections of allegorical stories and fifteen volumes of critical literary essays. In 1941 he became the President of the Marathi Sahitya Sammelan and
was later nominated a Fellow of India’s National Academy of Letters, the Sahitya Akademi in 1975. His works have been translated into several languages, including English, Hindi, Malayalam, Bengali and Gujarati, amongst others. Yayati remains his best known and perhaps his most critically acclaimed work. It won him the prestigious Sahitya Akademi Award (1960) and the Jnanpith Award, India’s highest literary award, in 1974. He was conferred the Padma Bhushan in 1968 for his landmark contribution to Indian literature. Artistic maturity and a high seriousness of purpose make this work a significant contribution to Marathi literature.’ Sahitya Akademi Award Citation.
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