Jnanpith Award

Jnanpith Award is an Indian literary award presented annually by the Bharatiya Jnanpith to an author for their “outstanding contribution towards literature“.

Instituted in 1961, the award is bestowed only on Indian writers writing in Indian languages included in the Eighth Schedule to the Constitution of India and English, with no posthumous conferral.

From 1965 till 1981, the award was given to the authors for their “most outstanding work” and consisted of a citation plaque, a cash prize of ₹11 lakh (equivalent to ₹54 lakh or US$75,000 in 2019), and a bronze replica of Saraswati, the Hindu goddess of knowledge and wisdom.

The first recipient of the award was the Malayalam writer G. Sankara Kurup who received the award in 1965 for his collection of poems, Odakkuzhal (The Bamboo Flute), published in 1950.

YearRecipient(s)Language(s)
1965
(1st)
G. Sankara KurupMalayalam
1966
(2nd)
Tarasankar BandyopadhyayBengali
1967
(3rd) †
Umashankar JoshiGujarati
1967
(3rd) †
Kuppali Venkatappa Puttappa ‘Kuvempu’Kannada
1968
(4th)
Sumitranandan PantHindi
1969
(5th)
Firaq GorakhpuriUrdu
1970
(6th)
Viswanatha SatyanarayanaTelugu
1971
(7th)
Bishnu DeyBengali
1972
(8th)
Ramdhari Singh ‘Dinkar’Hindi
1973
(9th) †
D. R. BendreKannada
1973
(9th) †
Gopinath MohantyOdia
1974
(10th)
Vishnu Sakharam KhandekarMarathi
1975
(11th)
AkilanTamil
1976
(12th)
Ashapoorna DeviBengali
1977
(13th)
K. Shivaram KaranthKannada
1978
(14th)
Sachchidananda VatsyayanHindi
1979
(15th)
Birendra Kumar BhattacharyaAssamese
1980
(16th)
S. K. PottekkattMalayalam
1981
(17th)
Amrita PritamPunjabi
1982
(18th)
Mahadevi VarmaHindi
1983
(19th)
Masti Venkatesha IyengarKannada
1984
(20th)
Thakazhi Sivasankara PillaiMalayalam
1985
(21st)
Pannalal PatelGujarati
1986
(22nd)
Sachidananda RoutrayOdia
1987
(23rd)
Vishnu Vaman Shirwadkar ‘Kusumagraj’Marathi
1988
(24th)
C. Narayana ReddyTelugu
1989
(25th)
Qurratulain HyderUrdu
1990
(26th)
Vinayaka Krishna GokakKannada
1991
(27th)
Subhash MukhopadhyayBengali
1992
(28th)
Naresh MehtaHindi
1993
(29th)
Sitakant MahapatraOdia
1994
(30th)
U. R. AnanthamurthyKannada
1995
(31st)
M. T. Vasudevan NairMalayalam
1996
(32nd)
Mahasweta DeviBengali
1997
(33rd)
Ali Sardar JafriUrdu
1998
(34th)
Girish KarnadKannada
1999
(35th) †
Nirmal VermaHindi
1999
(35th) †
Gurdial SinghPunjabi
2000
(36th)
Mamoni Raisom GoswamiAssamese
2001
(37th)
Rajendra ShahGujarati
2002
(38th)
JayakanthanTamil
2003
(39th)
Vinda KarandikarMarathi
2004
(40th)
Rehman RahiKashmiri
2005
(41st)
Kunwar NarayanHindi
2006
(42nd) †
Ravindra KelekarKonkani
2006
(42nd) †
Satya Vrat ShastriSanskrit
2007
(43rd)
O. N. V. KurupMalayalam
2008
(44th)
Akhlaq Mohammed Khan ‘Shahryar’Urdu
2009
(45th) †
AmarkantHindi
2009
(45th) †
Sri Lal SuklaHindi
2010
(46th)
Chandrashekhara KambaraKannada
2011
(47th)
Pratibha RayOdia
2012
(48th)
Ravuri BharadhwajaTelugu
2013
(49th)
Kedarnath SinghHindi
2014
(50th)
Bhalchandra NemadeMarathi
2015
(51st)
Raghuveer ChaudhariGujarati
2016
(52nd)
Shankha GhoshBengali
2017
(53rd)
Krishna SobtiHindi
2018
(54th)
Amitav GhoshEnglish
2019
(55th)
Akkitham Achuthan NamboothiriMalayalam