Primary school teacher, Joba Murmu, has been given Sahitya Academy Award 2017
The 2017 Sahitya Akademi Award was presented to a tribal woman from Jamshedpur for her collection of short stories for children.The winning title, ‘Olon Baha’, means imaginary bloom in Santhali, Joba Murmu’s award winning collection is laced with moral values for little ones.The author, a schoolteacher at Bal Vikas primary school in Karandih has been writing books since 2009. She was completely taken by surprise upon been bestowed with the literary honour.“Although the book is interesting, I was not very sure it would be selected by the Akademi, Joba said.
In the last eight years, Joba has authored five pieces, including translations of works by two iconic literary figures in India—Munshi Premchand and Nobel Laureate Rabindranath Tagore.Excited by the recent events, Joba attributes her recognition to her father, Chote Ram Majhi, who himself is a renowned figure in the field of Santhali art and literature and had inspired her to write during her college days.
“My husband also received the Sahitya Akademi award in 2012 for writing a book of short stories for children,” she said thanked her husband Pitambar Hansdah, for being the guiding light during the past eight years when she had taken up writing seriously.Joba SAID that her upcoming book will lay its focus on the importance of education.
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