Konkani novelist Mahabaleshwar Sail will receive the first Vimala V. Pai Vishwa Konkani Sahitya Puraskar 2010 for his novel Hawthan at the hands of Oriya Litterateur Professor Prafulla Kumar Mohanty.
Published by Bimb Prakashan, Goa, Hawthan is a fictional story of the potter community. The plight of the potters along with their dependence on rituals and their beliefs in rituals are well etched in the plot of the book. Using the hawthan – kiln for baking the utensils – the author has weaves the customs and folklore associated with this fast diminishing community of the Goan landscape in his story.
Sail originally from Karwar is now based in Goa and has 13 books to his credit including short stories and novels. He has received the Sahitya Academy Award, Dr. T M A Pai Award, Goa Kala Academy Award, Katha Award, Cultural Award of Government of Goa and Literary Award of Government of Goa.
His short story Palthadcho Monis was made into a film that won critical appreciation wherever screened and even won the best film award at the Toronto International Film Festival.
Sail will be honoured with a citation, momento and cash prize of Rs. one lakh. The award is constituted by World Kokani Centre, Mangalore and installed by T. V. Mohandas Pai (Director, Infosys Technologies, Bangalore) in the name of his mother and guru Smt. Vimala V. Pai.
A jury panel of five literary persons headed by Uday Bhembre chose the novel out of the recommendations made by preliminary panel comprising of 15 eminent literary persons from four states. i.e. Goa, Maharashtra, Karnataka and Kerala.