List of Jnanpith Award Winners(1965–2016)

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This article discuses about the Jnanpith award and the List of Jnanpith Award Winners (1965–2016). Aspirants of various government entrance exams such as SSCIBPSRRBSBI PO can expect questions of 1-2 mark from List of Jnanpith Award Winners (1965-2016).

Jnanpith Award is being given for the best creative literary writing by any Indian citizen in any of the languages included in the VIII Schedule of the Indian Constitution. The Award is the brain-child of late Smt. Rama Jain, the first President of and the moving spirit behind the Bharatiya Jnanpith since its inception. It has become the most prestigious literary award of the country. This awards inlude sum of Rs. 11 lakhs including citation.

Prior to 1982, the Jnanpith Award were given for a single work of Author, but after that, the Jnanpith Award is being given for the lifetime contribution of the writer to the Indian literature.

What is Jnanpith Award ?

Jnanpith Award
Jnanpith Award
  • Jnanpith Award is an India’s Highest literary award presented annually by the Bharatiya Jnanpith, a literary and research organization to an author for the “outstanding contribution towards literature”.
  • This award was first instituted in the year 1961.
  • This award comprises a citation plaque, a cash prize of ₹11 lakh, and a bronze replica of goddess Saraswati.
  • First winner of this award 
  • Last Year’s Winner of this award : Shankha Ghosh (Bengali)

 

 

Who is the 1st First Person to win  Jnanpith Award

G. Sankara Kurup (Malayalam)

Who is the 1st Lady/Woman to Win Jnanpith Award?

Ashapurna Devi

 

List of all Jnanpith Award Winners – India’s Highest Literary Award

YEAR 

   NAME OF WINNER

 CONTRIBUTION & WORK

 LANGUAGE

2016

Shankha Ghosh

Adim Lata – Gulmomay, Murkho Baro, Samajik Noy, Baborer Prarthana

 Bengali

2015

Raghuveer Chaudhary

 Contribution to Gujarati poetry, novels including trilogy (Uparvaas), Rudra Mahalaya, Venu Vatsala

 Gujarati

2014

Bhalchandra Nemade (50th Jnanpith award)

 Kosala(Cocoon)

 Marathi

2013

Kedarnath Singh

 Akaal main Saras

 Hindi

2012

Ravuri Bharadhwaja

 Paakudurallu

 Telugu

2011

 Pratibha Ray

 Yajnaseri

 Oriya

    2010

Chandrashekhara Kambara

 For his contributions to Kannada literature

 Kannada

2009

Amar Kant

 

 Hindi

2009

Shrilal Shukla

 

 Hindi

2008

Akhlaq Mohammed Khan ‘Shahryar’

 For his contribution to Urdu Poetry. He is only the 4th urdu writer to be awarded the Jnanpith Award

 Urdu

2007

Dr. O. N. V. Kurup

for his contributions to Malayalam literature

 Malayalam

2006

Satya Vrat Shastri

 

 Sanskrit

2006

Ravindra Kelekar

 

 Konkani

2005

Kunwar Narayan

 

 Hindi

2004

Rahman Rahi

Subhuk Soda, Kalami Rahi and Siyah Rode Jaren Manz

 Kashmiri

2003

Vinda Karandikar

Ashtadarshana (poetry)

 Marathi

2002

D. Jayakanthan

 

 Tamil

2001

Rajendra Keshavlal Shah

 

 Gujarati

2000

Indira Goswami

 

 Assamese

1999

Gurdial Singh

 

 Punjabi

1999

Nirmal Verma

 

 Hindi

1998

Girish Karnad

for his contributions to Kannada literature and for contributions to kannada theater (yayati)

 Kannada

1997

Ali Sardar Jafri

 

Urdu

1996

Mahasweta Devi

Hajar Churashir Ma

Bengali

1995

Dr. M. T. Vasudevan Nair

Randamoozham (Second Chance)

 Malayalam

1994

U. R. Ananthamurthy

for his contributions to Kannada literature

 Kannada

1993

Sitakant Mahapatra

for contribution to the enrichment of Indian literature

Oriya

1992

Naresh Mehta

 

Hindi

1991

Subhas Mukhopadhyay

Padati

Bengali

1990

V. K. Gokak (Vinayaka Krishna Gokak)

Bharatha Sindhu Rashmi

Kannada

1989

Qurratulain Hyder

Akhire Shab Ke Humsafar

Urdu

1988

Dr. C. Narayana Reddy

Vishwambhara

Telugu

1987

Vishnu Vaman Shirwadkar(Kusumagraj)

Natsamrat

Marathi

1986

Sachidananda Rout Roy

 

Oriya

1985

Pannalal Patel

Maanavi Ni Bhavaai (માનવીની ભવાઇ)

Gujarati

1984

Thakazhi Sivasankara Pillai

Kayar {Coir}

Malayalam

1983

Maasti Venkatesh Ayengar

Chikkaveera Rajendra (Life and struggle of Kodava King Chikkaveera Rajendra)

Kannada

1982

Mahadevi Varma

Yama

Hindi

1981

Amrita Pritam

Kagaj te Canvas

Punjabi

1980

S. K. Pottekkatt

Oru Desathinte Katha (Story of a land)

Malayalam

1979

Birendra Kumar Bhattacharya

Mrityunjay (Immortal)

Assamese

1978

Sachchidananda Hirananda Vatsyayan ‘Ajneya’

Kitni Navon Men Kitni Bar

Hindi

1977

K. Shivaram Karanth

Mookajjiya Kanasugalu (Mookajjis dreams)

Kannada

1976

Ashapurna Devi

Pratham Pratisruti

Bengali

1975

P. V. Akilan

Chitttrappavai

Tamil

1974

Vishnu Sakharam Khandekar

Yayati

Marathi

1973

Dattatreya Ramachandra Bendre

Nakutanti (Naku Thanthi)

Kannada

1973

Gopinath Mohanty

Paraja

Oriya

1972

Ramdhari Singh ‘Dinkar’

Urvashi

Hindi

1971

Bishnu Dey

Smriti Satta Bhavishyat

Bengali

1970

Viswanatha Satyanarayana

Ramayana Kalpavrikshamu

Telugu

1969

Firaq Gorakhpuri

Gul-e-Naghma

Urdu

1968

Sumitranandan Pant

Chidambara

Hindi

1967

Umashankar Joshi

Nishitha

Gujarati

1967

Kuppali Venkatappagowda Puttappa(Kuvempu)

Sri Ramayana Darshanam

Kannada

1966

Tarashankar Bandopadhyaya

Ganadevta

Bengali

1965

G. Sankara Kurup

Odakkuzhal (Flute)

Malayalam

 

 

Who is the recepient of the 1st Indian Jnanpith Award in 1965?

Ans:- G.Sankara Kurup in Malayalam. Kurup was born in 1901 at Nayathode, Kerala. He was a poet, essayist, translator and teacher also. One of his notable creations are Odakkujhal(The Bamboo Flute) in Malayalam.

 

Who is the first lady Jnanpith Award winner in 1976?

Ans:- Bengali novelist Ashapurna Devi received the award as first woman for ‘Pratham Pratisruti’ in bengali literature.

 

Which Gujarati writer has been honoured with current 51st Jnanpith Award organised in 2015?

Ans:- Raghuveer Chaudhary

 

Who is the first bengali novelist to receive the 2nd Jnanpith Award organised in 1966?

Ans:- Tarashankar Bandopadhyay for ‘Gandevta’.

 

Who is the first Kannada writer to receive the 3rd Jnanpith Award organised in 1967?

Ans:- Kuppali Venkatappa Puttppa for ‘Kuvempu’ in Kannada literature.

 

Indira Goswami was awarded Jnanpith Award in 2000, for which language?

Answer: Asamese

 

  1. In which year Amar Kant was honoured by Jnanpith Award in Hindi literature?

Answer: 2009

 

In which year D. Jayakanthan was honoured by Jnanpith award in Tamil literature?

Answer : 2002

 

In which year Gurdial Singh was honoured by Jnanpith Award in Punjabi literature?

Answer : 1999

 

Who was the Jnanpith Award winner in 1970 in Telugu literature?

Answer : Viswanatha Satyanarayana

 

In how many languages the Jnanpith Award has been conferred so far?

Answer : Fifteen languages

 

For which Punjabi literary works Amrita Pritam won Jnanpith Award in 1981?

Answer : Kagaj te Canvas

 

Who won the first Jnanpith Award in Odia language in 1973?

Answer : Gopinath Mohanty

 

Who received the first Jnanpith Award in Marathi language in 1974?

Answer : Vishnu Sakharam Khandekar

 

Who received the first Jnanpith Award in Kashmiri language?

Answer : Rehman Rahi in 2004

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