Lifetime Achievement Award
for excellence in literature
Kiran Nagarkar was born in Mumbai in 1942. He is an Indian novelist, playwright, film and drama critic and screenwriter both in Marathi and English, and is one of the most significant writers of postcolonial India. In addition to plays and screenplays, he has written six novels, establishing his reputation as an outstanding representative of contemporary Indian literature. His books are a target of ideological critique due to the hybrid nature of his version of postcolonialism, involving irreverence alongside seriousness.
Nagarkar was distinguished with the H.N. Apte Award for the best first novel, the renowned Sahitya Award and the Dalmia Award for the furtherance of communicative harmony through literature. He received a Rockefeller grant and was awarded a scholarship by the city of Munich.
We celebrate his work which, rich in ideas and filled with the spirit of freedom and the quest for truth, has exerted far-reaching influence on our age.