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By A Newsman

Kolkata, 23 December: NOTED Bengali poet Sankha Ghosh has been selected for this year’s Jnanpith award. Bharatiya Jnanpith committee communicated him the decision over phone today morning.

This is after two decades that a Bengali literary personality has been selected for the prestigious literary award that carries a cash reward of Rs 12-lakh and a citation plaque. In 1996, recently departed Mahasweta Devi was conferred the Jnanpith.

Eighty four year old Ghosh will be the fifth Bengali to get the prestigious award. Apart from Mahasweta Devi, poet Bishu Dey got the award in 1971, novelist Ashapoorna Devi in 1976, and poet Subhash Mukhopadhyay in 1991.

Known for his excellent Bengali poetry such as Murkha baro, samajik nay (A fool, not social), Ghosh has been selected for the Jnanpith award for body of literary works that he has contributed so far.

A retired professor of Bengali by profession, he was earlier conferred the Padma Bhusan in 2011, Desikottam in 1999, Sahitya Akademi Award in 1977 and 1999, and Rabindra-Puraskar in 1989.

In 2010 and 2015 he was conferred honorary a D.Litt by Vidyasagar University and the Indian Institute of Engineering Science and Technology (Shibpur), respectively.