- One of India’s leading contemporary English writers, Amitav Ghosh has been honoured with 2018 Jnanpith Award for his outstanding contribution towards literature.
- This award was given by Gopala Krishna Gandhi.
- He has earlier won the Sahitya Akademi Award for his novel The Shadow Lines (1988).
- The Glass Palace, The Hungry Tide and Ibis Trilogy of “Sea of Poppies” are some of his other famous works.
- Jnanpith is conferred by literary and research organization Bhartiya Jnanpith.
- It was founded in 1944 by Sahu Shanti Prasad Jain.
- The first Jnanpith award was given in 1965 to G. Sankara Kurup (Malayalam).
- This annual award is bestowed only on Indian writers writing in Indian languages included in the Eighth Schedule to the Constitution of India and English.
- Other awards given by the organisation include Moortidevi Award and Navlekhan Award.