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Dec 13, 2010

Jnanpith Award

The Jnanpith Award is the highest literary award in India. It is presented by the Bharatiya Jnanpith, a trust founded by the Sahu Jain family, the publishers of The Times of India Newspaper. The name of the award is taken from Sanskrit jnāna-pīha = "knowledge-seat". The award carries a check for Rs. 700,000, a citation plaque and a bronze replica of Saraswati, the Hindu goddess of knowledge, music, and the arts. The award was instituted in 1961, and its first recipient, in 1965, was the Malayalam writer G. Sankara Kurup. Any Indian citizen who writes in any of the official languages of India is eligible for the honor. Prior to 1982, the awards were given for a single work by a writer; since then, the award has been given for a lifetime contribution to Indian literature. Seven awards each have been awarded in Kannada and Hindi and followed by five in Bengali and Malayalam, four in and Urdu and three in Gujarati, Oriya and Marathi[3].The award announcements have lately been lagging behind the award-years. The awards for the years 2005 and 2006 were announced on November 22, 2008, and were awarded to the Hindi writer Kunwar Narayan for 2005 and jointly to Konkani writer Ravindra Kelekar and Sanskrit scholar Satya Vrat Shastri for 2006. Satya Vrat Shastri is the first Sanskrit poet to be conferred the award since its inception.

Jnanpith Award recipients

Year↓
Name↓
Works↓
Language↓
1965
Odakkuzhal (Flute)
1966
Ganadevta
1967
Sri Ramayana Darshanam
1967
Nishitha
1968
Chidambara
1969
Gul-e-Naghma
1970
Ramayana Kalpavrikshamu (A resourceful tree:Ramayana)
1971
Smriti Satta Bhavishyat
1972
Urvashi
1973
Nakutanti (Naku Thanthi) (Four Strings)
1973
Paraja
1974
Yayati
1975
Chitttrappavai
1976
Pratham Pratisruti
1977
Mookajjiya Kanasugalu (Mookajjis dreams)
1978
Kitni Navon Men Kitni Bar (How many times in many boats?)
1979
Mrityunjay (Immortal)
1980
Oru Desattinte Katha (Story of a land)
1981
Kagaj te Canvas
1982
Yama
1983
Chikkaveera Rajendra (Life and struggle of Kodava King Chikkaveera Rajendra)
1984
Kayar {Coir}
1985
Maanavi Ni Bhavaai
1986

1987
Natsamrat
1988
Vishwambhara
1989
Akhire Shab Ke Humsafar
1990
V. K. Gokak (Vinayaka Krishna Gokak)
Bharatha Sindhu Rashmi
1991

1992

1993
"for outstanding contribution to the enrichment of Indian literature, 1973-92"
1994
Samskara
1995
Randamoozham (Second Chance)
1996

1997

1998
"for his contributions to Kannada literature and for contributions to kannada theater (yayati)"[
1999

1999

2000

2001

2002

2003
Ashtadarshana (poetry)
2004
Subhuk Soda, Kalami Rahi and Siyah Rode Jaren Manz
2005

Hindi
2006

Konkani
2006

2007

2008



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