India’s Highest Literary Award (Jnanpith Award): Facts at a Glance

The jnanpith ward is the highest literary honour conferred in the republic of India. It was founded by the sahu Jain family, the publisher of the times of India. The award was instituted in 1961. An Indian citizen who writes in any of the official languages of India is eligible for the honour. So far Kannada writers have won 7 awards (highest any for any language). Eminent Gujarati novelist Raghuveer Chaudhary has been chosen for the prestigious Jnanpith Award for 2015.
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The Jnanpith award is the highest literary honour conferred in India. It was founded by the Sahu Jain family, the publisher of the ‘Times of India’. The award was instituted in 1961. An Indian citizen who writes in any of the official languages of India is eligible for the honour. Eminent Hindi writer has been chosen for the prestigious Jnanpith Award for 2017.

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Facts about jnanapeeth Award

1.It was commenced from on 22nd May, 1961, the fiftieth birthday of Sahu Shanti Prasad Jain, the founder of the Bharatiya Jnanpith.
2.The jnanpith ward is the highest literary honour conferred in the India.
3. Its first recipient was the Malayalam writer G. Sankara Kurup in 1965.
4.Ten awards are won by Hindi writers followed by 8 in Kannada, 5 each in Bengali and Malayalam, 4 each in Oriya, Urdu and Marathi and 3 each in Gujarati and Telugu and 2 each in Assamese and Tamil.
5. Eligibility for this award is restricted to any Indian citizen who writes in one of the 22 languages listed in Schedule Eight of the Indian constitution.
6.The name of this award is taken from Sanskrit words jnāna and pitha (knowledge-seat). Its reward amount is Rs.11 lakh and a bronze replica of Saraswati, the Indian goddess of knowledge, music, and the arts.
7. Before 1982, the awards were given for a single work of a writer; since then, the award has been given for a lifetime contribution to Indian literature.

List of winners of jnanpeeth award:

Year

Winner

Work

Language

Picture

1965

G. Sankara Kurup

Odakkuzhal

Malayalam

Jagranjosh

1966

Tarasankar Bandyopadhyay

Ganadevta

Bengali


1967

Kuppali Venkatappa Puttappa (Kuvempu)

Sri Ramayana Darshanam

Kannada

Jagranjosh

Umashankar Joshi

Nishitha

Gujarati

Jagranjosh

1968

Sumitranandan Pant

Chidambara

Hindi


1969

Firaq Gorakhpuri

Gul-e-Naghma

Urdu


1970

Viswanatha Satyanarayana

Ramayana Kalpavrukshamu (A resourceful tree:Ramayana)

Telugu

Jagranjosh

1971

Bishnu Dey

Smriti Satta Bhavishyat

Bengali

 –

1972

Ramdhari Singh Dinkar

Urvashi

Hindi


1973

Dattatreya Ramachandra Bendre

Nakutanti (Four Strings)

Kannada

Jagranjosh

Gopinath Mohanty

Matimatal

Oriya

Jagranjosh

1974

Vishnu Sakharam Khandekar

Yayati

Marathi


1975

P. V. Akilan

Chitttrappavai

Tamil

Jagranjosh

1976

Ashapoorna Devi

Pratham Pratisruti

Bengali

 –

1977

K. Shivaram Karanth

Mookajjiya Kanasugalu (Mookajjis dreams)

Kannada

Jagranjosh

1978

Sachchidananda Vatsyayan

Kitni Navon Men Kitni Bar (How many times in how many boats?)

Hindi

 –

1979

Birendra Kumar Bhattacharya

Mrityunjay (Conquering Death)

Assamese

 –

1980

S. K. Pottekkatt

Oru Desathinte Katha (Story of a Land)

Malayalam

Jagranjosh

1981

Amrita Pritam

Kagaj te Canvas

Punjabi

Jagranjosh

1982

Mahadevi Varma

Yama

Hindi


1983

Masti Venkatesha Iyengar

Chikkaveera Rajendra (Life and struggle of Kodava King Chikkaveera Rajendra)

Kannada

Jagranjosh

1984

Thakazhi Sivasankara Pillai

Kayar (Coir)

Malayalam

Jagranjosh

1985

Pannalal Patel

Maanavi Ni Bhavaai

Gujarati


1986

Sachidananda Routray


Oriya

 –

1987

Vishnu Vaman Shirwadkar (Kusumagraj)

For his contributions to Marathi literature

Marathi


1988

C. Narayana Reddy

Viswambhara

Telugu

Jagranjosh

1989

Qurratulain Hyder

Akhire Shab Ke Humsafar

Urdu

Jagranjosh

1990

V. K. Gokak (Vinayaka Krishna Gokak)

Bharatha Sindhu Rashmi

Kannada

Jagranjosh

1991

Subhas Mukhopadhyay

Padatik (The Foot Soldier)

Bengali

Jagranjosh

1992

Naresh Mehta


Hindi

 –

1993

Sitakant Mahapatra

For outstanding contribution to the enrichment of Indian literature, 1973–92

Oriya

Jagranjosh

1994

U. R. Ananthamurthy

For his contributions to Kannada literature

Kannada

Jagranjosh

1995

M. T. Vasudevan Nair

Randamoozham

Malayalam

Jagranjosh

1996

Mahasweta Devi

Hajar Churashir Maa

Bengali

 –

1997

Ali Sardar Jafri


Urdu

 –

1998

Girish Karnad

For his contributions to Kannada literature and for contributions to Kannada theatre (Yayati)

Kannada

Jagranjosh

1999

Nirmal Verma


Hindi

Jagranjosh

Gurdial Singh


Punjabi

 –

2000

Indira Goswami

Datal Hatir Unye Khuwa Howdah (The Termite Eaten Howdah of the Tusker)

Assamese


2001

Rajendra Shah

Dhwani

Gujarati

Jagranjosh

2002

D. Jayakanthan

Novels: Oru Manidhan Oru Vidu Oru Ulakam (A Man, a Home and a World), Oru Nadikai Nadakam Parkkiral (Actress watches the Act), Parisukkup Po (Go to Paris), Sila Nerangalil Sila Manithargal (Certain people at certain times). More than 200 short stories. Non fiction: Oru Ilakkiyavaathiyin Arasiyal Anubhavangal (A Literary Man's Political Experiences), Oru Ilakkiyavaathiyin Aanmeega Anubhavangal (A Literary Man's Spiritual Experiences)

Tamil


2003

Vinda Karandikar

For his contributions to Marathi literature

Marathi

 –

2004

Rehman Rahi

Subhuk Soda, Kalami Rahi and Siyah Rode Jaren Manz

Kashmiri

 –

2005

Kunwar Narayan


Hindi

 –

2006

Ravindra Kelekar


Konkani

 –

Satya Vrat Shastri


Sanskrit


2007

O. N. V. Kurup

For his contributions to Malayalam literature

Malayalam

Jagranjosh

2008

Akhlaq Mohammed Khan 'Shahryar'


Urdu

 –

2009

Amar Kant


Hindi

 –

Lal Shukla


Hindi

 –

2010

Chandrashekhara Kambara

For his contributions to Kannada literature

Kannada

Jagranjosh

2011

Pratibha Ray

Yajnaseni

Oriya

Jagranjosh

2012

Ravuri Bharadhwaja

Paakudurallu

Telugu


2013

Kedarnath Singh

Akaal Mein Saras

Hindi

Jagranjosh

2014

Bhalchandra Nemade

Hindu: Jagnyachi Samrudhha Adgal

Marathi

Jagranjosh

2015

Raghuveer Chaudhari

Novel - Amruta (અમૃતા)

Gujarati

Jagranjosh

2016 Shankha Ghosh Murkha baro, samajik nay Bengali  
2017 Krishna Sobti Zindaginama Hindi  

Indian Recipients of Ramon Magsaysay Award

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