Noted Gujarati writer Raghuveer Chaudhari has been conferred with India's the highest literary honour, the Jnanpith Award for 2015. Chaudhari, whose noted works include novels 'Amruta' and 'Uparvas,' has become the 56th writer and the fourth Gujarati literary artist to receive the prestigious award. Gujaratis who have won the award before Chaudhari were poet Umashankar Joshi (1967), novelist Pannalal Patel (1985) and poet Rajendra Shah (2001).
The 77-year old writer was born in Bapupura near Gandhinagar in Gujarat. After schooling in his village, he joined Gujarat University and studied Hindi literature under noted Gujarati scholar Bholabhai Patel. He was one of the many literary persons who actively participated in the Navnirman Movement and voiced his displeasure openly during the Emergency in the 1970s. In 1998, Chaudhari had retired as the head of the Hindi department at the Gujarat University's School of Languages.
Apart from his significant contributions in the Gujarati language, he has also written Hindi articles. He has authored more than 80 books so far and has received numerous literary awards.