Saraswati Samman: Crucial facts at a Glance

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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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)

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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)

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2014

Veerappa Moily

"Ramayana Mahanveshanam"
(Poetry)

Kannada

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(Veerappa Moily receiving the Saraswati Samman from President)

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