Noted Gujarati writer Madhav Ramanuj was conferred the Gujarat Sahitya Academy Gaurav Puraskar for 2016 here on Monday. In his acceptance speech, Ramanuj said the award was given not to him, but to the word and that this occasion gave him one more chance to move still closer to word.
State Sports and Culture Minister Nanubhai Vanani presented the award and said by conferring the coveted award on Ramanuj, the government was only reflecting the sentiments and love of the people toward the poet. Mentioning his collection “Tame” (You), the poet showed he was consciously aware of existence the other being, a big admission of other than self-consciousness, which pulled one out of self-centred conscience. He said the world of a poet had place more for matters of heart than of mind.
About his poetry, Ramanuj said he wrote very little amount of poetry or other things and added, “But it always mystified me how could poems flowed out of his pen in most unlikely situations and most unlikely moments.” He said surprisingly, majority of his poems were completed in the first draft without any cuts or editing of content.
Bhagyesh Jha, chairman of the Academy, introduced Ramanuj to the audience as old pal close to him. He said Ramanuj not only wrote poetry but also lived by it.