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THE JNANPITH AWARD

The Jnanpith Award is a literary award in India. Along with the Sahitya Akademi Fellowship, it is one of the two most prestigious literary honours in the country. 

The award was instituted in 1961. Any Indian citizen who writes in any of the official languages of India is eligible for the honour. It is presented by the Bharatiya Jnanpith, a trust founded by the Sahu Jain family, the publishers of the newspaper The Times of India.


It carries a cheque for INR11 lakh, a citation plaque and a bronze replica of Saraswati, the Indian goddess of knowledge, music, and the arts.


Jnanpith Award recipients


YearNameWorksLanguageImage
1965G. Sankara KurupOdakkuzhalMalayalamG.shankarakurup.jpg
1966Tarasankar BandyopadhyayGanadevtaBengali
1967Kuppali Venkatappagowda Puttappa (Kuvempu)Sri Ramayana DarshanamKannadaKuvempu01.jpg
Umashankar JoshiNishithaGujarati
1968Sumitranandan PantChidambaraHindi
1969Firaq GorakhpuriGul-e-NaghmaUrdu
1970Viswanatha SatyanarayanaRamayana Kalpavrukshamu (A resourceful tree:Ramayana)TeluguViswanatha Satyanarayana.tif
1971Bishnu DeySmriti Satta BhavishyatBengali –
1972Ramdhari Singh DinkarUrvashiHindi
1973Dattatreya Ramachandra BendreNakutanti (Four Strings)KannadaBendre.jpg
Gopinath MohantyMatimatalOriya
1974Vishnu Sakharam KhandekarYayatiMarathi
1975P. V. AkilanChitttrappavaiTamilAKILAN.jpg
1976Ashapurna DeviPratham PratisrutiBengali –
1977K. Shivaram KaranthMookajjiya Kanasugalu (Mookajjis dreams)KannadaShivaramakaranth.jpg
1978Sachchidananda VatsyayanKitni Navon Men Kitni Bar (How many times in how many boats?)Hindi –
1979Birendra Kumar BhattacharyaMrityunjay (Immortal)Assamese –
1980S. K. PottekkattOru Desathinte Katha (Story of a Land)MalayalamS. K. Pottekkatt.jpg
1981Amrita PritamKagaj te CanvasPunjabiAmrita Pritam (1919 – 2005) , in 1948.jpg
1982Mahadevi VarmaYamaHindi
1983Masti Venkatesha IyengarChikkaveera Rajendra (Life and struggle of Kodava King Chikkaveera Rajendra)KannadaMastiVenkatesha Iyengar.jpg
1984Thakazhi Sivasankara PillaiKayar (Coir)MalayalamThakazhi 1.jpg
1985Pannalal PatelMaanavi Ni BhavaaiGujarati –
1986Sachidananda Routray
Oriya –
1987Vishnu Vaman Shirwadkar (Kusumagraj)For his contributions to Marathi literatureMarathi
1988C. Narayana ReddyViswambharaTeluguCNREDDY.JPG
1989Qurratulain HyderAkhire Shab Ke HumsafarUrduQurratulain Hyder.jpg
1990V. K. Gokak (Vinayaka Krishna Gokak)Bharatha Sindhu RashmiKannadaVkgokak.jpg
1991Subhas MukhopadhyayPadatik (The Foot Soldier)BengaliSubhash Mukhopadhyay image.jpg
1992Naresh Mehta
Hindi –
1993Sitakant MahapatraFor outstanding contribution to the enrichment of Indian literature, 1973–92OriyaSitakant Mahapatra, India poet, born 1937.jpg
1994U. R. AnanthamurthyFor his contributions to Kannada literatureKannadaU R Ananthamurthy Z1.JPG
1995M. T. Vasudevan NairFor his contributions to Malayalam literatureMalayalamMt vasudevan nayar.jpg
1996Mahasweta DeviHajar Churashir MaaBengali –
1997Ali Sardar Jafri
Urdu –
1998Girish KarnadFor his contributions to Kannada literature and for contributions to Kannada theatre (Yayati)KannadaGirish Karnad Screening Cornell.JPG
1999Nirmal Verma
HindiNirmal Verma (1929 - 2005).jpg
Gurdial Singh
Punjabi –
2000Indira Goswami
Assamese –
2001Rajendra Shah
Gujarati –
2002D. Jayakanthan
Tamilஜெயகாந்தன் (முழு).jpg
2003Vinda KarandikarFor his contributions to Marathi literatureMarathi –
2004Rehman RahiSubhuk Soda, Kalami Rahi and Siyah Rode Jaren ManzKashmiri –
2005Kunwar Narayan
Hindi –
2006Ravindra Kelekar
Konkani –
Satya Vrat Shastri
Sanskrit
2007O. N. V. KurupFor his contributions to Malayalam literatureMalayalamOnv.JPG
2008Akhlaq Mohammed Khan 'Shahryar'
Urdu –
2009Amar Kant
Hindi –
Sri Lal Sukla
Hindi –
2010Chandrashekhara KambaraFor his contributions to Kannada literatureKannadaChandrashekhara Kambara.jpg
2011Pratibha RayYajnaseniOriyaPratiba Ray 2010.JPG
2012Ravuri BharadhwajaPaakuduralluTelugu
2013Kedarnath SinghAkaal Mein SarasHindiKedarnath Singh photo.png
2014Bhalchandra NemadeKosalaMarathi –


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