Telugu writer Ravuri Bharadwaja has been announced the winner of the prestigious Jnanpith award for 2012. The 86-year-old writer, having written more than 37 volumes of short stories and 17 novels among other works, was chosen by a selection board chaired by noted poet Sitakant Mahapatra.
Many of his books have been prescribed as text books in universities and are even been the basis of many research theses. He has written 6 short novels for children, 5 compilations of short stories for children, 3 collections of essays and biographies and 8 plays.
His notable creations are Kadambari, Pakudurallu, Jeevana Samaram, Inupu Tera Venuka and Koumudi which have been translated into English and various Indian languages.