When Graces name appeared in the list of Sahitya Akademi winners on Wednesday,for many in the world of Marathi literature,a wrong had been set right. They felt the poet and writer had finally received what should have come his way decades ago.
At 70,Manik Godghate,popularly known as Grace,is as unsparing as ever. I will say I am happy. But it (award) has not certified my work. The Sahitya Akademi has passed the test for selection of appropriate works for the awards, he told The Indian Express. Those who have understood little about the man and his work may smell arrogance in this reaction. But they can be hardly blamed. Grace is generally regarded as one of the most difficult writers to decode,in both his persona and literature. Everyone can feel the hypnotic resonance of his poetry,but very few can decode its mystic message.
As eminent Marathi playwright and fellow Nagpurian Mahesh Elkunchwar puts it: I am very happy. Actually,this should have come at least 25 years ago. Asha Bage,another Sahitya Akademi winner from Nagpur,says,I grew up reading his poetry. His work is beyond all awards,but he should have got it long ago.
Incidentally,for a man known more for his poetry,however,the Akademi award has come for a collection of his essays Varyane halate raan (the forest swings with the wind).