Jnanpith Award

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.

This is an important topic for the upcoming IAS Exam.

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
1966 Tarashankar Bandopadhyaya Bengali
1967 Kuppali Venkatappagowda Puttappa Kannada
1967 Umashankar Joshi Gujarati
1968 Sumitranandan Pant Hindi
1969 Firaq Gorakhpuri Urdu
1970 Viswanatha Satyanarayana Telugu
1971 Bishnu Dey Bengali
1972 Ramdhari Singh Dinkar Hindi
1973 Dattatreya Ramachandra Bendre Kannada
1973 Gopinath Mohanty Oriya
1974 Vishnu Sakharam Khandekar Marathi
1975 P. V. Akilan Tamil
1976 Ashapurna Devi Bengali
1977 K. Shivaram Karanth Kannada
1978 Sachchidananda Hirananda Vatsyayan ‘Ajneya’ Hindi
1979 Birendra Kumar Bhattacharya Assamese
1980 S. K. Pottekkatt Malayalam
1981 Amrita Pritam Punjabi
1982 Mahadevi Varma Hindi
1983 Masti Venkatesh Iyengar Kannada
1984 Thakazhi Sivasankara Pillai Malayalam
1985 Pannalal Patel Gujarati
1986 Sachidananda Routray Oriya
1987 Vishnu Vaman Shirwadkar Marathi
1988 Dr. C. Narayana Reddy Telugu
1989 Qurratulain Hyder Urdu
1990 Vinayaka Krishna Gokak Kannada
1991 Subhas Mukhopadhyay Bengali
1992 Naresh Mehta Hindi
1993 Sitakant Mahapatra Oriya
1994 U. R. Ananthamurthy Kannada
1995 Dr. M. T. Vasudevan Nair Malayalam
1996 Mahasweta Devi Bengali
1997 Ali Sardar Jafri Urdu
1998 Girish Karnad Kannada
1999 Gurdial Singh Punjabi
1999 Nirmal Verma Hindi
2000 Indira Goswami Assamese
2001 Rajendra Keshavlal Shah Gujarati
2002 D. Jayakanthan Tamil
2003 Vinda Karandikar Marathi
2004 Rehman Rahi Kashmiri
2005 Kunwar Narayan Hindi
2006 Ravindra Kelekar Konkani
2006 Satya Vrat Shastri Sanskrit
2007 Dr. O. N. V. Kurup Malayalam
2008 Akhlaq Mohammed Khan Urdu
2009 Amar Kant Hindi
2009 Shrilal Shukla Hindi
2010 Chandrashekhara Kambara Kannada
2011 Pratibha Ray Oriya
2012 Ravauri Bharadwaja Telegu
2013 Kedarnath Singh Hindi
2014 Bhalchandra Nemade Marathi
2015 Dr. Raghuvir Chaudhari Gujarati
2016 Shanka Ghosh Bengali
2017 Krishna Sobti Hindi
2018 Amitav Ghosh English
2019 Akkitham Achuthan Namboothiri Malayalam

Facts About Jnanpith Award for UPSC

  1. The winner is given a cash prize of Rs. 11 lakh and a bronze replica of Goddess Saraswati, the Hindu goddess of learning.
  2. The first recipient of the award was Malayalam writer G Sankara Kurup in 1965 for his novel ‘Odakkuzhal’ (The Bamboo Flute).
  3. The first woman writer to be awarded this award was Ashapoorna Devi, a Bengali writer, in 1976.
  4. The organization which presents this award was founded in 1944 by industrialist and philanthropist Sahu Shanti Prasad Jain.

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