JNANPITH LAUREATES

 

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The Jnanpith Award is given for the best creative literary writing by any Indian citizens in any of the languages included in the VIII Schedule of the Indian Constitution. The award carries a cash price of Rs.2.5 lakh, a citation and a bronze replica of Vagdevi.

The Jnanpith Award was instituted on May 22, 1961 The first award was given in 1965. So far, 40 eminent writers have received the award in 32 years. On two occasions, the award was given to Kannada writers six times, five times each to Hindi and Bengali writers, four times to Malayalam, thrice to Oriya, twice each to Gujarati, Marathi, Telugu and Urdu, and one each to Assamese, Punjabi and Tamil writers.
 

Year

Author (Language)

1965

G.Shankara Kurup (Malayalam) for his poems Odakkuzhal

1966

Tarashankar Bandopadhyaya (Bengali) for the novel Ganadevta

1967

Dr K.V Puttappa (Kannada) for Sri Ramayana Darshanam

1967

Uma Shankar Joshi (Gujarati) for Nishitha

1968

Sumitra Nandan Pant (Hindi) for Chidambara

1969

Firaq Gorakpuri  (Urdu) for Gul-e-Naghma

1970

Viswanatha Satyanarayana  (Telugu) for Ramayana Kalpavrikshamu

1971

Bishnu Dey (Bengali) for Smriti Satta Bhavishyat

1972

Ramdhari Singh Dinkar (Hindi) for Urvashi

1973

Dattareya Ramachandra Bendre (Kannada) for Nakutanti

1973

Gopinath Mohanty (Oriya) for Mattimatal

1974

Vishnu Sakaram Khandekar (Marathi) for Yayati

1975

P.V Akilandam (Tamil) for his novel Chittirappavai

1976

Asha Purna Devi (Bengali) for Pratham Pratisruti

1977

K Shivaram Karnath (Kannada) for Mukajjiya Kanasugalu

1978

S.H.V.Ajneya (Hindi) for his novel Kitni Navon men Kitni Bar

1979

Birendra Kumar Bhattacharya (Assamese)  for his novel Mrityunjay

1980

S.K Pottekkatt (Malayalam) for his novel Oru Desattinte Katha

1981

Amrita Pritam (Punjabi) for her literary collection Kagaz te Canvas in Punjabi

From 1982, the award was given for overall contribution to literature

1982

Mahadevi Varma (Hindi)

1983

Masti Venkatesh Ayengar (Kannada)

1984

Takazhi Sivashankar Pillai (Malayalam)

1985

Pannalal Patel (Gujarati)

1986

Sachidanand Rout Roy (Oriya)

1987

Vishnu Vaman Shirwadkar Kusumagraj (Marathi)

1988

Dr C Narayanan Reddy (Telugu)

1989

Qurratulain Hyder (Urdu)

1990

V.K Gokak (Kannada)

1991

Subhash Mukhopadhyay (Bengali)

1992

Naresh Mehta (Hindi)

1993

Sitakant Mahapatra (Oriya)

1994

U R Anantha Murthy (Kannada)

1995

M T Vasudevan Nair (Malayalam)

1996

Mahasweta Devi (Bengali)

1997

Ali Sardar Jafri (Urdu)

1998

Girish Karnad (Kannada)

1999

Nirmal Verma (Hindi)

Gurdial Singh (Punjabi)

2000

Indira Goswami (Assamese)

2001

Rajendra Keshavlal Shah (Gujarati)

2002

D. Jayakantan (2002) Tamil