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Saraswati Samman: Crucial facts at a Glance

26-FEB-2016 15:48

    The Saraswati Samman is an annual award for outstanding prose or poetry literary works. It is named after an Indian goddess of learning and is considered to be among the highest literary awards in India. The Saraswati Samman is given by K.K. Birla foundation for 22 Indian language listed in Schedule VIII of the Constitution of India. It is commenced in 1991.

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    Facts about Saraswati Samman

    1. It is given by the K.K. Birla foundation
    2. It is commenced from the 1991.
    3. It is given in all 22 languages mentioned in the 8th schedule of the Indian constitution.
    4. It consists of Rs 10 lakh, a citation and a plaque.
    5. The winners of this award are selected from literary works published in the previous ten years by a panel that includes scholars and former award winners.
    6. The inaugural award was given to Harivanshrai 'Bachchan' for his four volume autobiography, Kya Bhooloon Kya Yaad Karoon, Needa Ka Nirman Phir, Basere Se Door and Dashdwar se Sopan Tak.

    List of Saraswati Samman Awardees

    Year

    Recipient

    Work

    Language

    1991

    Harivansh Rai Bachchan

    Autobiography in four volumes
    (Autobiography)

    Hindi

    1992

    Ramakant Rath

    "Sri Radha"
    (Poetry)

    Oriya

    1993

    Vijay Tendulkar

    "Kanyadaan"
    (Play)

    Marathi

    1994

    Harbhajan Singh

    "Rukh Te Rishi"
    (Poetry collection)

    Punjabi

    1995

    Balamani Amma

    "Nivedyam"
    (Poetry collection)

    Malayalam

    1996

    Shamsur Rahman Faruqi

    "She`r-e Shor-Angez"

    Urdu

    1997

    Manubhai Pancholi

    "Kurukshetra"

    Gujarati

    1998

    Shankha Ghosh

    "Gandharba Kabita Guccha"
    (Poetry collection)

    Bengali

    1999

    Indira Parthasarathy

    "Ramanujar"
    (Play)

    Tamil

    2000

    Manoj Das

    "Amruta Phala"
    (Novel)

    Oriya

    2001

    Dalip Kaur Tiwana

    "Katha Kaho Urvashi"
    (Novel)

    Punjabi

    2002

    Mahesh Elkunchwar

    "Yugant"
    (Play)

    Marathi

    2003

    Govind Chandra Pande

    "Bhagirathi"
    (Poetry collection)

    Sanskrit

    2004

    Sunil Gangopadhyay

    "Pratham Alo"
    (Novel)

    Bengali

    2005

    K. Ayyappa Panicker

    "Ayyappa Panikarude Kritikal"
    (Poetry collection)

    Malayalam

    2006

    Jagannath Prasad Das

    "Parikrama"
    (Poetry collection)

    Oriya

    2007

    Naiyer Masud

    "Taoos Chaman Ki Myna"
    (Short stories collection)

    Urdu

    2008

    Lakshmi Nandan Bora

    "Kayakalpa"
    (Novel)

    --

    2009

    Surjit Paatar

    "Lafzan Di Dargah"

    Punjabi

    2010

    S. L. Bhyrappa

    "Mandra"

    Kannada

    2011

    A. A. Manavalan

    "Irama Kathaiyum Iramayakalum"

    Tamil

    2012

    Sugathakumari

    "Manalezhuthu"
    (Poetry collection)

    Malayalam

    2013

    Govind Mishra

    "Dhool Paudho Par"
    (Novel)

    --

    2014

    Veerappa Moily

    "Ramayana Mahanveshanam"
    (Poetry)

    Kannada

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    (Veerappa Moily receiving the Saraswati Samman from President)

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