SPEAKERS

Damodar Mauzo
Writer

Damodar Mauzo is a Goan short story writer, novelist, critic and scriptwriter who writes in Konkani. He has published five collections of short stories and three novels, in addition to children’s books and biographies beginning from his first published stories ‘Ganthon’ in 1971. His work has been translated into at least 12 languages including Hindi and English.

Mauzo received India’s highest literary honour, the Jnanpith Award, in 2022. Previously he was awarded the Sahitya Akademi Award in 1983, for his novel Karmelin, and the Vimala V. Pai Vishwa Konkani Sahitya Puraskar in 2011, for his novel Tsunami Simon. His collection of short stories, Teresa’s Man and Other Stories from Goa, was nominated for the Frank O’Connor International Short Story Award in 2015. Mauzo is also a prolific screenplay and dialogue writer for Konkani films and regularly contributes to local and national journals and periodicals.