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Bharatiya Jnanpith Award:

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:

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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Saraswati Samman Award:

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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Deshikottam Award:

The Deshikottam Award is the highest honor bestowed by Visva-Bharati University, a renowned Indian university founded by Rabindranath Tagore. The term “Deshikottam” translates to “Jewel of the Land” in Bengali.

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Rabindranath Tagore Literary Prize:

Rabindranath Tagore Literary Prize was instituted in 2018 by the Maitreya Publishing Foundation (MPF), a US-based independent and non-profit publishing house, in honour of Rabindranath Tagore, a renowned poet, novelist, and Nobel laureate. The Founder & CEO of Maitreya Publishing Foundation is Peter Bundalo who is also a Member of PEN International writers community.

It 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.

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Odakkuzhal Award:

Odakkuzhal Award is an annual literary award that was institued in 1968 by the renowned Malayalam Poet G. Sankara Kurup to commemorate the Jnanpith Award he had won. The award carries a monetary award of INR 30000, a plaque, and a citation.

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Vayalar Award:

The Vayalar Award is given for the best literary work in Malayalam. The award was instituted in 1977 by the Vayalar Ramavarma Memorial Trust in memory of the renowned Malayalam poet and lyricist Vayalar Ramavarma (1928-1975).

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K.K. Murthy Memorial Chowdiah Award:

K.K. Murthy Memorial Chowdiah Award was instituted by the Academy of Music in Bengaluru, in honour of K.K. Murthy, founder of the Chowdiah Memorial Hall, the internationally reputed violin-shaped auditorium in Bengaluru built in honour of T. Chowdiah, the legendary musician from Mysore.

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