Konkani author honoured with literary award Saraswati Samman.

Eminent Konkani writer Mahabaleshwar Sail (74) was bestowed with prestigious Saraswati Samman 2016. He was awarded for his novel Hawthan that captures the lives of the potter community in Goa. Sail, who has been a soldier, having served in the 1965 war and later was a part of a UN peace keeping mission, earned praise for his gripping storytelling in Hawthan. He was presented with a plaque and a cash purse of ₹15 lakh by Union minister for commerce and industry Nirmala Sitharaman at event held in New Delhi.