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Eminent Konkani writer Mahabaleshwar Sail has been honoured with the Saraswati Samman 2016 for his novel Hawthan.

The award comprises a cash prize of Rs 15 lakh and a citation.

The 74-year-old writer's novel was shortlisted from 22 regional language books.

Best known for his work, 'Paltadcho Munis', which inspired a film by the same name, Sail is a renowned bi-lingual writer based in Goa. He has four Marathi dramas and seven Konkani novels to his credit.

He has also written short stories and a novel in Marathi.Published in 2009, 'Hawtha' is a work of fiction presenting the cultural map of the traditional potter community of Goa.