Jnanpith Awards

Jnanpith Award

The Jnanpith Award is the literary award of India. It was presented annually by the Bharatiya Jnanpith. The Jnanpith award was instituted in 1961. 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. In 1976, Bengali novelist Ashapoorna Devi became the first woman to win the award.

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List of Jnanpith award winners

Recipient Language Year
G. Sankara Kurup Malayalam 1965
Tarasankar Bandyopadhyay Bengali 1966
Umashankar Joshi Gujarati 1967
Kuppali Venkatappa Puttappa ‘Kuvempu’ Kannada 1967
Sumitranandan Pant Hindi 1968
Firaq Gorakhpuri Urdu 1969
Viswanatha Satyanarayana Telugu 1970
Bishnu Dey Bengali 1971
Ramdhari Singh ‘Dinkar’ Hindi 1972
D. R. Bendre Kannada 1973
Gopinath Mohanty Odia 1973
Vishnu Sakharam Khandekar Marathi 1974
Akilan Tamil 1975
Ashapoorna Devi Bengali 1976
K. Shivaram Karanth Kannada 1977
Sachchidananda Vatsyayan Hindi 1978
Birendra Kumar Bhattacharya Assamese 1979
S. K. Pottekkatt Malayalam 1980
Amrita Pritam Punjabi 1981
Mahadevi Varma Hindi 1982
Masti Venkatesha Iyengar Kannada 1983
Thakazhi Sivasankara Pillai Malayalam 1984
Pannalal Patel Gujarati 1985
Sachidananda Routray Odia 1986
Vishnu Vaman Shirwadkar ‘Kusumagraj’ Marathi 1987
C. Narayana Reddy Telugu 1988
Qurratulain Hyder Urdu 1989
Vinayaka Krishna Gokak Kannada 1990
Subhash Mukhopadhyay Bengali 1991
Naresh Mehta Hindi 1992
Sitakant Mahapatra Odia 1993
U. R. Ananthamurthy Kannada 1994
M. T. Vasudevan Nair Malayalam 1995
Mahasweta Devi Bengali 1996
Ali Sardar Jafri Urdu 1997
Girish Karnad Kannada 1998
Nirmal Verma Hindi 1999
Gurdial Singh Punjabi 1999
Mamoni Raisom Goswami Assamese 2000
Rajendra Shah Gujarati 2001
Jayakanthan Tamil 2002
Vinda Karandikar Marathi 2003
Rehman Rahi Kashmiri 2004
Kunwar Narayan Hindi 2005
Ravindra Kelekar Konkani 2006
Satya Vrat Shastri Sanskrit 2006
O. N. V. Kurup Malayalam 2007
Akhlaq Mohammed Khan ‘Shahryar’ Urdu 2008
Amarkant Hindi 2009
Sri Lal Sukla Hindi 2009
Chandrashekhara Kambara Kannada 2010
Pratibha Ray Odia 2011
Ravuri Bharadhwaja Telugu 2012
Kedarnath Singh Hindi 2013
Bhalchandra Nemade Marathi 2014
Raghuveer Chaudhari Gujarati 2015
Shankha Ghosh Bengali 2016
Krishna Sobti Hindi 2017