Indian-American author Jhumpa Lahiri was among 20 others who was presented the 2014 National Medal of Arts and Humanities by US President Barack Obama at ceremony in White House, Washington.
“The recipients of National Medals for the Arts and the Humanities are here for they’ve shared rare truths, more often than not about their own experiences,” said Obama.
Soon after, Obama proceeded to present the medals to each of the recipients as their citations were read by his military aide.
The Indian American author bagged the 2014 National Humanities Medal for her works of fiction wherein she she has illuminated the Indian American experience in beautiful narratives of estrangement and belonging, said Obama’s aide.
Other awardees included artists, historians, writers, a philosopher, scholar, preservationist, food activist and an education course.
It may be noted that Lahiri’s novel “The Lowland” was one of the books Obama took with him while vacationing in an island summer resort in Massachusetts last month.