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

06-NOV-2017 22:02

    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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