Every year, the Jaipur Literature Festival (JLF) celebrates poetry through the Mahakavi Kanhaiyalal Sethia Prize in recognition of India’s plethora of young and talented poets.
In association with the Mahakavi Kanhaiyalal Sethia Foundation, the prize is a tribute to Mahakavi Kanhaiyalal Sethia and his immense repertoire. The seventh edition of the award was presented during the 15th edition of iJLF 2022 at Clarks Amer Hotel, Jaipur.
Along with a cash prize of INR 1 lakh, the winner received a souvenir of appreciation as well as a congratulation at the festival.
Ranjit Hoskote is this year’s winner of the 7th Mahakavi Kanhaiyalal Sethia Poetry Award 2022, following a unanimous decision by the jury committee.
Its poetic tradition stretches from the pioneers of modern poetry in English in India like Nissim Ezekiel, Dom Moraes, Arun Kolatkar and others, and yet makes a unique mark through finely crafted and well-chiseled words and skillful employment images and metaphors. . His poetry is known for the fusion of form and content, sometimes the content determining the form.
Hoskote is also a cultural theorist and curator. His six books of poetry include “Vanishing Act”, “Central Time” and “Jonahwhale”. His translation of a famous poem by a Kashmiri saint from the 14th century appeared under the title “Me, Lalla: the poems of Lal Ded”. Hoskote organized India’s first-ever national pavilion at the Venice Biennale, under the title “Everyone Agrees: It’s About to Blow Up”. He received the Sahitya Akademi Golden Jubilee Award, the Sahitya Akademi Translation Award and the SH Raza Literature Award. His poems have been translated into German, Hindi, Swedish, Spanish and Arabic.
Mahakavi Kanhaiyalal Sethia was an internationally acclaimed poet, freedom fighter, social reformer, philanthropist and environmentalist who was awarded the Padma Shri award in 2004 and the Rajasthan Ratna in 2012. Sethia Ji is the author of 42 books in Hindi, Urdu and Rajasthan, which have been translated. in English, Bengali, Marathi, Kannada and German. He was selected as a “Living Legend of the 20th Century” on the occasion of the bicentennial celebration of the US Library of Congress in Washington. He also received the Sahitya Akademi Prize for his work Lilatamsa and the Jnanapitha Moortidevi Prize in 1986.
The Mahakavi Kanhaiyalal Sethia Prize is awarded after a careful selection process by an eminent jury composed of renowned writers and knowledgeable connoisseurs; Namita Gokhale, Sanjoy K. Roy, Jaiprakash Sethia, Nirupama Dutt and Siddharth Sethia from the KL Sethia Foundation.
Sanjoy K Roy, Managing Director of Teamwork Arts and Producer of Jaipur Literature Festival, said: “This year our nominees were many, each showing their genius and artistry with words, creating magic and transporting us. in a different world. Our winner for 2022 is the famous Ranjit Hoskote, a poet who likes to weave his encounters into tapestries, so he can hide there forever. Our task is to seek it out.