List of Jnanpith (Gyanpith) Award Winners till 2019 

The Literary award Jnanpith or Gyanpith is one of the highest literary honour in India. Some call it Gyanpeeth award also.  The award is meant to recognize, nurture and promote the excellence in writing in all recognized Indian languages. It is awarded only to Indian nationals.

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The jnanpith award

>> The Jnanpith award is awarded every year for best creative writing to an Indian citizen in any of the 22 languages that are included in Schedule VIII of the Indian Constitution. English has also been included for consideration of the award from 49th award onwards.

This Award is sponsored by the Bharatiya Jnanpith Trust, which is a literary and cultural organisation that was set up in 1944, by the late Sahu Shanti Prasad Jain and his wife Rama Jain. The Jain family are the publishers of The Times of India newspaper. This award is considered to be the most prestigious literary award of the country.

The Jnanpith Award : It carries a cash price of Rs 11 lakhs, a citation plank and a bronze replica of goddess Saraswati ‘Vagdevi’.

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. The Jnanpeeth Award has become a symbol of the comprehensive vision of Indian literature along with national integrity.

 

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Important firsts in Jnanpith Awards:

  • First Jnanpith: The first award for Jnanpith was given in 1965 to G. Sankara Kurup for Malayali Literature.
  • First Lady to win Gyanpith Award: The first women to receive this prestigious award was the Bengali writer Ashapoorna Devi who was awarded in 1976.
  • First Jnanpith in English: Amitav Ghosh became the first English writer to win Jnanpith Award in 2018.

 

About recent Jnanpith Award winners:

Gyanpith English Amitav Ghosh

Amitav Ghosh gets first Jnanpith Award for English language

The most recent Jnanpith Award has been the 54th Jnanpith Award to Amitav Ghosh  for “outstanding contribution towards literature”. Ghosh’s novels include Shadow Lines, The Glass Palace, The Hungry Tide, and the Ibis trilogy — Sea of Poppies, River of Smoke, and Flood of Fire. The Indian government awarded Ghosh the Padma Shri in 2007.  Ghosh is also a recepient of Sahitya Akademi Award, Ananda Puraskar and Prix Medicis Award from France. He was elected as Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature in 2009. He was also shortlisted for Man Booker prize 2008.

 

 

The 53rd Jnanpith Award was given to eminent Hindi Litterateur Krishna Sobti, who is Krishna Sobti 2017 Gyanpithknown for creating bold and daring characters in her stories. She experiments with new writing styles and her language is highly influenced by the intermingling of Hindi, Urdu and Punjabi cultures. Her celebrated works include Mitro Marjani, Daar Se Bichhudi, Zindaginama, Badalom ke Ghere, Ai Ladki, Dil-o-Danish and Gujarat Pakistan Se Gujarat Hindustan. She has been the recipient of many coveted awards, including Hindi Akademi Awards, Shiroman Awards, Maithli Sharan Gupt Samman, Sahitya Akademi Fellowship and Padma Bhushan(she declined).

 

The 52nd Jnanpith Award was given to veteran modern Bengali poet Shankha Ghosh for year 2016. He is a leading authority on Rabindranath Tagore. Ghosh was conferred the Padma Bhushan in 2011 and the Sahitya Academi award in 1999. Shankha Ghosh is the seventh Bengali author to win India’s highest literary award.

 

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

YEAR    NAME OF WINNER CONTRIBUTION & WORK LANGUAGE
2018Amitav GhoshPath-breaking english novelist exploring Indian protagonist ranging across wide international field in both his fictional and discursive writings. Celebrated works include – The Circle of Reason, The Shadow Lines, The Calcutta Chromosome, The Glass Palace, The Hungry Tide and the Ibisi Triology. English
2017Krishna SobtiHer writings have ranged from the Partition, and relationships between man and woman, to the changing dynamics of the Indian society and the gradual deterioration of human values. Celebrated works include Daar Se Bichhudi, Mitro Marjani, Zindaginama, Dil-o-Danish, Badalom ke Ghere, Ai Ladki and Gujarat Pakistan Se Gujarat Hindustan.Hindi
2016Shankha GhoshAdim Lata – Gulmomay, Murkho Baro, Samajik Noy, Baborer Prarthana Bengali
2015Raghuveer Chaudhary Contribution to Gujarati poetry, novels including trilogy (Uparvaas), Rudra Mahalaya, Venu Vatsala Gujarati
2014Bhalchandra Nemade (50th Jnanpith award) Kosala(Cocoon) Marathi
2013Kedarnath Singh Akaal main Saras Hindi
2012Ravuri Bharadhwaja Paakudurallu Telugu
2011 Pratibha Ray Yajnaseri Oriya
    2010Chandrashekhara Kambara For his contributions to Kannada literature Kannada
2009Amar Kant Hindi
2009Shrilal Shukla Hindi
2008Akhlaq Mohammed Khan ‘Shahryar’ For his contribution to Urdu Poetry. He is only the 4th urdu writer to be awarded the Jnanpith Award Urdu
2007Dr. O. N. V. Kurupfor his contributions to Malayalam literature Malayalam
2006Satya Vrat Shastri Sanskrit
2006Ravindra Kelekar Konkani
2005Kunwar Narayan Hindi
2004Rahman RahiSubhuk Soda, Kalami Rahi and Siyah Rode Jaren Manz Kashmiri
2003Vinda KarandikarAshtadarshana (poetry) Marathi
2002D. Jayakanthan Tamil
2001Rajendra Keshavlal Shah Gujarati
2000Indira Goswami Assamese
1999Gurdial Singh Punjabi
1999Nirmal Verma Hindi
1998Girish Karnadfor his contributions to Kannada literature and for contributions to kannada theater (yayati) Kannada
1997Ali Sardar JafriUrdu
1996Mahasweta DeviHajar Churashir MaBengali
1995Dr. M. T. Vasudevan NairRandamoozham (Second Chance) Malayalam
1994U. R. Ananthamurthyfor his contributions to Kannada literature Kannada
1993Sitakant Mahapatrafor contribution to the enrichment of Indian literatureOriya
1992Naresh MehtaHindi
1991Subhas MukhopadhyayPadatiBengali
1990V. K. Gokak (Vinayaka Krishna Gokak)Bharatha Sindhu RashmiKannada
1989Qurratulain HyderAkhire Shab Ke HumsafarUrdu
1988Dr. C. Narayana ReddyVishwambharaTelugu
1987Vishnu Vaman Shirwadkar(Kusumagraj)NatsamratMarathi
1986Sachidananda Rout RoyOriya
1985Pannalal PatelMaanavi Ni Bhavaai (માનવીની ભવાઇ)Gujarati
1984Thakazhi Sivasankara PillaiKayar {Coir}Malayalam
1983Maasti Venkatesh AyengarChikkaveera Rajendra (Life and struggle of Kodava King Chikkaveera Rajendra)Kannada
1982Mahadevi VarmaYamaHindi
1981Amrita PritamKagaj te CanvasPunjabi
1980S. K. PottekkattOru Desathinte Katha (Story of a land)Malayalam
1979Birendra Kumar BhattacharyaMrityunjay (Immortal)Assamese
1978Sachchidananda Hirananda Vatsyayan ‘Ajneya’Kitni Navon Men Kitni BarHindi
1977K. Shivaram KaranthMookajjiya Kanasugalu (Mookajjis dreams)Kannada
1976Ashapurna DeviPratham PratisrutiBengali
1975P. V. AkilanChitttrappavaiTamil
1974Vishnu Sakharam KhandekarYayatiMarathi
1973Dattatreya Ramachandra BendreNakutanti (Naku Thanthi)Kannada
1973Gopinath MohantyParajaOriya
1972Ramdhari Singh ‘Dinkar’UrvashiHindi
1971Bishnu DeySmriti Satta BhavishyatBengali
1970Viswanatha SatyanarayanaRamayana KalpavrikshamuTelugu
1969Firaq GorakhpuriGul-e-NaghmaUrdu
1968Sumitranandan PantChidambaraHindi
1967Umashankar JoshiNishithaGujarati
1967Kuppali Venkatappagowda Puttappa(Kuvempu)Sri Ramayana DarshanamKannada
1966Tarashankar BandopadhyayaGanadevtaBengali
1965G. Sankara KurupOdakkuzhal (Flute)Malayalam

 

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