Ravindra Kelekar is a famous Konkani writer who has been awarded with prestigious Jnanpith award for the year 2006. He is a wellknown Konkani scholar, activist, linguist, and creative thinker and was a participant in the freedom movement of India, and later, Goa’s liberation movement. He has authored nearly 100 books in Konkani language and also edited ‘Jaag’ magazine for more than two decades.Previously he has been awrded with Padma Bhushan , Sahitya Akademi Award, the Gomant Sharada Award of Kala Academy and the Fellowship of Sahitya Akademi.
Himalayant, his book in Konkani, won him national recognition in 1976 in the form of Sahitya Akademi award. His Konkani books include Navi Shala, Himalayant, Satyagrah, Mangal Prabhat, Mahatma, Ashe Ashille Gandhiji, Katha ani Kanyo, Tulshi, Velevoilio Ghulo, Bhaja Govindam, Uzvadeche Sur, Bhashechem Samaj Shashtra, Mukti, Teen eke Teen, Lala Bala, Brahmandantlem Tandav, Panthastha, Samidha, Vothambe, Sarjakachi Antar Katha. He also translated Mahabharat in Konkani (two volumes). The Marathi books written by him include Japan Jasa Disla, Gnyannidhicha Sahavasat while in Hindi he wrote a book ? Gandhi ? Ek Jivaniya. A Number of his books have been translated into Hindi and other North Indian languages and are used in university education.