The Bharatiya Jnanpith Award, which is one of the most prestigious literary awards of India, was instituted on 22nd May, 1961, the 50th birthday of late Sahu Shanti Prasad Jain, the founder of the Bharatiya Jnanpith – a literary and cultural organisation founded in 1944, by his wife Rama Jain. This annual award is given for the best creative writing by an Indian citizen in any of the languages included in the Eighth Schedule of the Constitution. The award carries a cash price of Rs 7 lakh, a citation and a bronze replica of Goddess Saraswati. The first award was given in 1965 to G. Sankara Kurup, the renowned Malayalam writer.

The complete list of awardees is given below:

YearAwardeesLanguage
1965G. SankarakurupMalayalam
1966Tarasankar BandyopadhyayBengali
1967K. V. PuttappaKannada
 Umashankar JoshiGujarati
1968Sumitrananthan PantHindi
1969Firaq GorakhpuriUrdu
1970Dr. V. SatyanarayanaTelugu
1971Bishnu DeyBengali
1972Ramdhari Singh DinkarHindi
1973D. R. BendreKannada
1974V.S KhandekarMarathi
1975P.V. AkhilanTamil
1976Ashapoorna DeviBengali
1977K. Sivaram KaranthKannada
1978S.H. VatsyayanHindi
1979B.K. BhattacharyaAssamese
1980S.K. PottekkattMalayalam
1981Amrita PritamPunjabi
1982Mahadevi VarmaHindi
1983Dr. Masti Venkatesha IyengarKannada
1984Thakazhi Sivasankara PillaiMalayalam
1985Pannalal PatelGujarati
1986Sachidananda RoutrayOriya
1987V.V ShirwadkarMarathi
1988Dr. C. Narayana ReddyTelugu
1989Qurratulain HyderUrdu
1990V. K. GokakKannada
1991Subhas MukhopadhyayBengali
1992Naresh MehtaHindi
1993Sitakant MahapatraOriya
1994Dr. U. R. AnanthamurthyKannada
1995M. T. Vasudevan NairMalayalam
1996Mahasweta DeviBengali
1997Ali Sardar JafriUrdu
1998Girish KarnadKannada
1999Nirmal VermaHindi
 Gurdial SinghPunjabi
2000Indira GoswamiAssamese
2001Rajendra ShahGujarati
2002D. JayakanthanTamil
2003Vinda KarandikarMarathi
2004Abdul Rehman RahiKashmiri
2005Kunwar NarayanHindi
2006Ravindra KelekarKonkani
 Satya Vrat ShastriSanskrit
2007O. N. V. KurupMalayalam
2008Akhlaq Mohammed Khan ‘Shahryar’Urdu
2009Amar KantHindi
 Lal ShuklaHindi
2010Chandrashekhara KambaraKannada
2011Pratibha RayOriya
2012Ravuri BharadhwajaTelugu
2013Kedarnath SinghHindi
2014Bhalchandra NemadeMarathi
2015Raghuveer ChaudhariGujarati

 

 

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