Bhartiya Jnanpith Award is conferred for the best literary writing by an Indian citizen in a language listed in Eight Schedule of the Indian Constitution.

Jnanpith award


The award was instituted in 1961. 


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 ₹11 lakh, a citation plaque and a bronze replica of Saraswati, the Indian goddess of knowledge, music, and the arts.


Starting with the Bengali writer Ashapoorna Devi in 1976, seven women writers have won the award so far. 


Laureates Awarded, by the Jnanpith Award, as on date:

 

1. G. Sankara Kurup (1965) Malayalam  
2. T.S. Bandyopadhyaya (1966) Bangla
3. Uma Shankar Joshi (1967) Gujarati  
4. K.V. Puttappa (1967) Kannada 
5. Sumitranandan Pant (1968) Hindi  
6. Firaq Gorakhpuri (1969) Urdu  
7. V. Satyanarayana (1970) Telugu 
8. Bishnu Dey (1971) Bangla  
9. Ramdhari Singh `Dinkar' (1972) Hindi 
10. D.R. Bendre (1973) Kannada, 
11. Gopinath Mohanty (1973) Oriya 
12. V.S. Khandekar (1974) Marathi  
13. P.V. Akilandam (1975) Tamil  
14. Ashapurna Devi (1976) Bangla 
15. K.S. Karanth (1977) Kannada  
16. S.H.V. Ajneya (1978) Hindi 
17. B.K. Bhattacharya (1979) Assamese  
18. S.K. Pottekkatt (1980) Malayalam, 
19. Amrita Pritam (1981) Punjabi  
20. Mahadevi Varma (1982) Hindi  
21. Masti V. Iyengar (1983) Kannada 
22. Thakazhi S. Pillai (1984) Malayalam  
23. Pannalal Patel (1985) Gujarati  
24. Satchidanand Rautroy (1986) Oriya 
25. V.V.S. 'Kusumagraj' (1987) Marathi  
26. C. Narayana Reddy (1988) Telugu  
27. Qurratulain Hyder (1989) Urdu  
28. V.K. Gokak (1990) Kannada 
29. Subhash Mukhopadhyaya (1991) Bangla 
30. Naresh Mehta (1992) Hindi  
31. Sitakant Mahapatra (1993) Oriya 
32. U.R. Anantha Murthy (1994) Kannada 
33. M.T. Vasudevan Nair (1995) Malayalam 
34. Mahasveta Devi (1996) Bangla 
35. Ali Sardar Jafri (1997) Urdu 
36. Girish Karnad (1998) Kannada 
37. Nirmal Verma (1999) Hindi
38. Gurdial Singh (1999) Punjabi 
39. Indira Goswami (2000) Assamese
40. Rajendra Shah (2001) Gujarati
41. D. Jayakanthan (2002) Tamil
42. Vinda Karandikar (2003) Marathi
43. Rahman Rahi (2004) Kashmiri
44. Kunwar Narain (2005) Hindi
45. Satyavrat Shastri (2006) Sanskrit
46. Ravindra Kelekar (2006) Konkani
47. O. N. V. Kurup (2007) Malayalam

48. Akhlaq Khan Shahryar (2008) Urdu

49. Shrilal Shukla (2009) Hindi

50. Amarkant (2009) Hindi

51. Chandrasekhar Kambar (2010) Kannada

52. Pratibha Ray (2011) Oriya

53. Ravuri Bharadwaja (2012) Telegu

54. Kedarnath Singh (2013) Hindi

55. Bhalachandra Nemade (2014) Marathi

56. Raghuveer Chaudhary (2015) Gujarati


 

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Jnanpith Award was last modified: May 27th, 2016 by Rahul Kumar