Renowned Konkani poet and Sahitya Akademi award winner Ramesh Bhagwant Veluskar passed away on Sunday following a brief illness.
Veluskar was on a visit to Rae Bareilly in Uttar Pradesh.
His awards include the Kala Academy Puroskar for Moni Vyotha (1978–79), Konkani Bhasha Mandal Puroskar for Morpakham (1980), Konkani Bhasha Mandal Nehru Puroskar (1981) and Kala Academy Puroskar (1982–83) for ‘Bhunk Bhunk Bhishu’.
His first collection of Konkani poems, ‘Morpakham’, was published in 1979. He won the Indian Sahitya Akademi award for his 1989 collection of poems, Saulgori. Veluskar bagged the Non-Hindi Hindi Writer Award of the Government of India’s Ministry of Human Resource Development for his poetry collection ‘Samudramudrika’ in 2011.