Eminent Malayalam poet Akkitham has been chosen for the 55th Jnanpith Award for his outstanding contribution to Malayalam language and Poetry.
Amitab Ghosh is honoured with the 54th Jnanpith Award for his contribution to English Literature and also became the 1st English language writer in the list as all previous winners of the prestigious award have been writers in Indian languages.
He was conferred the award by former diplomat and governor of West Bengal Gopalkrishna Gandhi, who also addressed him a ‘craftsman’.
Jnanpith Award is a literary award presented by the Bharatiya Jnanpith organization to Indian writers every year. This was instituted in 1961 and is given only to Indian writers who write in Indian languages and English.
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This article is about the Jnanpith Award and will also provide you with the list of Jnanpith Award winners from 1965 to 2020 and other important information related to the same.
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List of Jnanpith Award – Jnanpith Award Recipients (1965-2020)
Jnanpith Award was given only for single work till 1982. After 1982, the Jnanpith honour is given for lifetime contribution to Indian literature.
The list of recipients of the Jnanpith Award is given below:
|Year||Jnanpith Award winners||Language|
|1965||G. Sankara Kurup||Malayalam|
|1967||Kuppali Venkatappagowda Puttappa||Kannada|
|1972||Ramdhari Singh Dinkar||Hindi|
|1973||Dattatreya Ramachandra Bendre||Kannada|
|1974||Vishnu Sakharam Khandekar||Marathi|
|1975||P. V. Akilan||Tamil|
|1977||K. Shivaram Karanth||Kannada|
|1978||Sachchidananda Hirananda Vatsyayan ‘Ajneya’||Hindi|
|1979||Birendra Kumar Bhattacharya||Assamese|
|1980||S. K. Pottekkatt||Malayalam|
|1983||Masti Venkatesh Iyengar||Kannada|
|1984||Thakazhi Sivasankara Pillai||Malayalam|
|1987||Vishnu Vaman Shirwadkar||Marathi|
|1988||Dr. C. Narayana Reddy||Telugu|
|1990||Vinayaka Krishna Gokak||Kannada|
|1994||U. R. Ananthamurthy||Kannada|
|1995||Dr. M. T. Vasudevan Nair||Malayalam|
|1997||Ali Sardar Jafri||Urdu|
|2001||Rajendra Keshavlal Shah||Gujarati|
|2006||Satya Vrat Shastri||Sanskrit|
|2007||Dr. O. N. V. Kurup||Malayalam|
|2008||Akhlaq Mohammed Khan||Urdu|
|2015||Dr. Raghuvir Chaudhari||Gujarati|
|2019||Akkitham Achuthan Namboothiri||Malayalam|
Facts About Jnanpith Award for UPSC
- The winner is given a cash prize of Rs. 11 lakh and a bronze replica of Goddess Saraswati, the Hindu goddess of learning.
- The first recipient of the award was Malayalam writer G Sankara Kurup in 1965 for his novel ‘Odakkuzhal’ (The Bamboo Flute).
- The first woman writer to be awarded this award was Ashapoorna Devi, a Bengali writer, in 1976.
- The organization which presents this award was founded in 1944 by industrialist and philanthropist Sahu Shanti Prasad Jain.
List of Jnanpith Award Recipients – 1965 to 2020:- Download PDF Here
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