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.
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Moortidevi Award is a literary award instituted in 1982 by the Bharatiya Jnanpith in the memory of Smt. Moorti Devi, mother of Sahu Shanti Prasad Jain, the founder of Bharatiya Jnanpith to a “contemplative or intellectual work” created by any living author writing in any of the languages enlisted in the 8th Schedule of Indian Constitution and in English.
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The Saraswati Samman Award, which was instituted by the K. K. Birla Foundation in 1991, is considered as one of the highest literary awards of India. It is given for outstanding prose or poetry works in any of the languages listed in the Eighth Schedule of the Constitution.
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The ‘Deshikottam’ is the highest award conferred by the Visva Bharati University.
The 2020 Awardees are:
Soumitra Chatterjee (Actor)
Dohisaku (Tagore scholar of Japan)
Yang Sik Chow (Korean scholar)
Dr Bal Murli Krishna (music maestro)
Birju Maharaj (dance maestro)
Dr. CNR Rao (scientist)
Rabindra K Dasgupta (eminent scholar)
Rabindranath Tagore Literary Prize:
Rabindranath Tagore Literary Prize is given to published works of Indian authors (residing in India or abroad) in novel, short stories, poetry and drama, originally written in any of Indian official languages and dialects, but translated to English. Entries must be in English (translated to or originally written in English). Works can be submitted in print or in electronic book format. Rabindranath Tagore Literary Prize aims to revive poetry and books that can change lives. The award carries a prize money of $10,000, a Tagore statue and a certificate for contribution to literature.
The Rabindranath Tagore Literary Prize 2019 was awarded to author Rana Dasgupta for his 2010 novel “Solo” which is a tale of estrangement and the ultimate failure of material existence. It is the second edition of the Rabindranath Tagore Literary Prize. Another award Rabindranath Tagore Literary Prize for social achievement was awarded to Yohei Sasakawa, the World Health Organization Goodwill Ambassador for Leprosy. This was the second edition of the Rabindranath Tagore Literary Prize.
The first Rabindranath Tagore Literary Prize for the year 2018 was awarded to “One Hundred Poems of Kabir” by Kabir, translated from Hindi into English by Rabindranath Tagore. Kabir was posthumously awarded for his outstanding collection of poetry proving that “a poet never dies, neither does his poetry”.