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Bharatiya Gyanpith Awards


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The Jnanpith Award is an Indian literary award presented annually by the Bharatiya Jnanpith to an author for their “outstanding contribution towards literature”. Started in 1961, the award is bestowed only on Indian writers writing in Indian languages included in the Eighth Schedule to the Constitution of India and English, with no posthumous conferral.

  • The award consists of a citation, shawl, goddess Saraswati statue and cash prize of Rs.11 lakh.

  • From 1965 till 1981, the award was given to the authors for their “most outstanding work”.The first recipient of the award was the Malayalam writer G. Sankara Kurup who received the award in 1965 for his collection of poems, Odakkuzhal (The Bamboo Flute), published in 1950.

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    List of Jnanpith Award Winners

    Year Recipients Language
    20189(55th) Akkitham Achuthan Namboothiri Malayalam
    2018(54th) Amitav Ghosh English
    2017(53rd) Krishna Sobti Hindi
    2016(52nd) Shankha Ghosh Bengali
    2015(51st) Raghuveer Chaudhari Gujarati
    2014(50th) Bhalchandra Nemade Marathi
    2013(49th) Kedarnath Singh Hindi
    2012(48th) Ravuri Bharadhwaja Telugu
    2011(47th) Pratibha Ray Odia
    2010(46th) Chandrashekhara Kambara Kannada
    2009(45th) Amarkant Hindi
    2009(45th) Sri Lal Sukla Hindi
    2008(44th) Akhlaq Mohammed Khan ‘Shahryar’ Urdu
    2007(43rd) O. N. V. Kurup Malayalam
    2006(42nd) Ravindra Kelekar Konkani
    2006(42nd) Satya Vrat Shastri Sanskrit
    2005(41st) Kunwar Narayan Hindi
    2004(40th) Rehman Rahi Kashmiri
    2003(39th) Vinda Karandikar Marathi
    2002(38th) Jayakanthan Tamil
    2001(37th) Rajendra Shah Gujarati
    2000(36th) Mamoni Raisom Goswami Assamese
    1999(35th) Nirmal Verma Hindi
    1999(35th) Gurdial Singh Punjabi
    1998(34th) Girish Karnad Kannada
    1997(33rd) Ali Sardar Jafri Urdu
    1996(32nd) Mahasweta Devi Bengali
    1995(31st) M. T. Vasudevan Nair Malayalam
    1994(30th) U. R. Ananthamurthy Kannada
    1993(29th) Sitakant Mahapatra Odia
    1992(28th) Naresh Mehta Hindi
    1991(27th) Subhash Mukhopadhyay Bengali
    1990(26th) Vinayaka Krishna Gokak Kannada
    1989(25th) Qurratulain Hyder Urdu
    1988(24th) C. Narayana Reddy Telugu
    1987(23rd) Vishnu Vaman Shirwadkar ‘Kusumagraj’ Marathi
    1986(22nd) Sachidananda Routray Odia
    1985(21st) Pannalal Patel Gujarati
    1984(20th) Thakazhi Sivasankara Pillai Malayalam
    1983(19th) Masti Venkatesha Iyengar Kannada
    1982(18th) Mahadevi Varma Hindi
    1981(17th) Amrita Pritam Punjabi
    1980(16th) S. K. Pottekkatt Malayalam
    1979(15th) Birendra Kumar Bhattacharya Assamese
    1978(14th) Sachchidananda Vatsyayan Hindi
    1977(13th) K. Shivaram Karanth Kannada
    1976(12th) Ashapoorna Devi Bengali
    1975(11) P.V.Akilandam Tamil
    1974(10th) Vishnu Sakharam Khandekar Marathi
    1973(9th) D. R. Bendre Kannada
    1973(9th) Gopinath Mohanty Odia
    1972(8th) Ramdhari Singh ‘Dinkar’ Hindi
    1971(7th) Bishnu Dey Bengali
    1970(6th) Viswanatha Satyanarayana Telugu
    1969(5th) Firaq Gorakhpuri Urdu
    1968(4th) Sumitranandan Pant Hindi
    1967(3rd) Umashankar Joshi Gujarathi
    1967(3rd) Kuppali Venkatappa Puttappa ‘Kuvempu’ Kannada
    1966(2nd) Tarasankar Bandyopadhyay Bengali
    1965(1st) G. Sankara Kurup Malayalam


    Updated: 2019


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