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Awards and Honours
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JNANPITH AWARD

Field : Literature
Instituted in : 1965
Cash Value : Rs. 5 lakh, a citation and a Vagdevi statue

Awarded to outstanding authors of creative literature in any of the Indian languages recognised by the Constitution of India. It was sponsored by the Bharatiya Jnanpith a culturo-literary society, founded in 1944 by Shanti Prasad Jain, an eminent industrialist.
First recipient : G. Sankara Kurup (Kerala)
First women recipient : Ashapoorna Devi (Calcutta)

The earlier winners of Jnanpith Award created by Shanti Prasad Jain and Rama Jain in 1963 for promoting outstanding literary works in regional languages, include Mahadevi Verma, Firaq Gorakhpuri, Girish Karnad, Amrita Pritam, U.R. Ananthamurthy and Quarratulain Hyder. So far there have been 39 recipients of this award.

LIST OF JNANPITH AWARDEES

Year Winner Works Language
1965 G. Sankara Kurup Odakkuzhal (flute) Malayalam
1966 Tarashankar Bandopadhyaya Ganadevta Bengali
1967 Dr. K.V. Puttappa Sri Ramayana Darshanam
(Glimpses of Ramayana)
 
1967 Umashankar Joshi Nishitha Gujarati
1968 Sumitranandan Pant Chidambara Hindi
1969 Firaq Gorakhpuri  Gul-e-Naghma Urudu
1970 Viswanatha Satyanarayana Ramayana Kalpavrikshamu
(A resourceful tree: Ramayana)
Telugu
1971 BishnuDey Smriti Satta Bhavishyat Bengali
1972 RamdhariSingh Dinkar Urvashi Hindi
1973 Dattatreya Ramachandra Bendre Nakutanti (Fou Strings) Kannada
1973 Gopinath Mohanty Mattimatal Oriya
1974 Vishnu Sakharam Khandekar Yayati Marathi
1975 P.V.Akilandam Chittrappavai   Tamil
1976 Asha Purna Devi Pratham Pratisruti Bengali
1977 K. Shivaram Karanth Mookajjiya Kanasugalu
(Mookajji’s dreams)
Kannada
1978 Sachchidananda Hirananda Kitni Navan Men Kitni Bar  Vatsyayan
(How many times in many boats?)
Hindi
1979 Birendra Kumar Bhattacharya  Mrityunjay (Immortal) Assamese
1980 S.K. Pottekkatt Oru Desattinte Katha (Story of a land) Malayalam
1981 Amrita Pritam  Kagaj te Canvas Punjabi
1982 Mahadevi Verma Yama Hindi
1983 Maasti Venkatesh Ayengar Chikkaveera Rajendra (Life and Struggle of Kodava
King Chikkaveera Rajendra)
Kanada
1984 Thakazhi Sivasankara Pillai   Malayalam
1985 Pannalal Patel   Gujarati
1986 Sachindanand Rout Roy   Oriya
1987 Vishnu Vaman Shirwadkar (Kusumagraj) (“Natsamrat”) Marathi
1988 Dr. C. Narayana Reddy   Tulugu
1989 Quarratulain Hyder   Urdu
1990 V.K. Gokak Bharatha Sindhu Rashmi Kannada
1991 Subhas Mukhopadhyay   Bengali
1992 Naresh Mehta   Hindi
1993 Sitakant Mahapatra   Oriya
1994 U.R. Ananthamurthy   Kannada
1995 M.T. Vasudevan Nair   Malayalam
1996 Mahasweta Devi   Bengali
1997 Ali Sardar Jafri   Urdu
1998 Girish Karnad  Tuglaq Kannada
1999 Nirmal Verma   Hindi
1999 Gurdial Singh   Punjabi
2000 Indira Goswami   Assamese
2001 Rajendra Keshavlal Shah   Gujarati
2002 D. Jayakanthan   Tamil
2003 Vinda Karandikar Subuk Soda, Kalami Rahi and Siyah Rode Jaren Man Marathi
2004 Rahman Rahi Literary work in Kashmiri language Kashmiri
2005 Kunwar Narain For his contribution to Hindi literature Hindi
2006 Satyavrat Shastri For his contribution to Sanskrit literature Sanskrit
2006 Ravindra Kelekar For his contribution to Konkani  literature Konkani

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