If you enjoy reading novels, especially in the Konkani language, you certainly have the writer Damodar Mauzo in your favorites list. If so, here’s great news that he’s been awarded India’s highest literary award, the Jnanpith Award.
Damodar Mauzo is a name well known to connoisseurs of remarkable literature. He is a renowned Goa short story writer, novelist, critic and screenwriter who manages to write and impress Konkani readers.
He was born on August 1, 1944, in Majorda. He did his first schooling in Portuguese, alongside the Marathi primary. He later moved to Mumbai to continue his studies. He graduated from RA Podar College of Commerce and Economics at Matunga Mumbai, where he graduated from the University of Bombay.
Take a look at his childhood photo, here:
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His leadership qualities propel him to the post of NCC (National Cadet Corps) under the command of a battalion. It was during this time that Mauzo explored and experimented with his literary abilities.
Take a look at Mauzo’s image as an NCC officer, here:
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He started writing short stories in Konkani which were well received by readers.
He received the Sahitya Akademi Prize in 1983 for the novel Karmelin and the Vimala V. Pai Vishwa Konkani Sahitya Puraskar Prize for his novel Tsunami Simon in 2011. He is recognized as the co-founder and co-curator of Goa Arts and Festival of literature, an annual event that began in 2010.
The screenplay for the film Aleesha won her the award for best screenplay at the Goa Film Festival.
When it comes to Konkani literature, Mauzo contributed with all his heart and soul. He also became famous in the world of English literature; having written short stories and novels translated into English and for works like “Teresa’s Man” and “These are my children”.
According to the pruthagoa website, âDespite all the challenges a writing career will face, Mr. Mauzo encourages aspiring writers by saying, ‘Develop the habit of reading. Master the language in which you express yourself. Read through the full range of the language. Start writing and you’ll know where you are. Then continue to raise the bar.
2021 turns out to be special for the Konkani writer, having achieved the Jnanpith Prize. While Damodar Mauzo received the award for this year, Assamese author Nilmani Phookan won the award for last year.
Damodar Mauzo lives in Majorda, Goa with his wife Shaila. The couple have three daughters, namely Rupali, Meghana and Sobita.
Here’s a look at the cover of some of his novels:
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Posted on: Tuesday December 07, 2021 4:29 PM IST