New Delhi: Kannada writer S L Bhyrappa was today chosen for the prestigious Saraswati Samman for his novel `Mandra`.
The award, constituted by K K Birla Foundation, consists of Rs 7.50 lakh, a citation and a plaque. The jury which selected Bhyrappa was headed by former Chief Justie of India G B Patnaik.
"After consideration of the works published in 22 Indian languages during 2000-2009, the Chayan Parishad (jury) selected Mandra, a novel in Kannada by Prof S L Bhyrappa for the 20th Saraswati Samman," a statement said here.
75-year-old Bhyrappa has so far published 22 novels, the first being `Bheemakaya` in 1959. He is one of the best selling novelists in Kannada over the past 25 years.
`Mandra` is one of the most acclaimed epic novels of Bhyrappa.