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Jnanpith Awards 2021-1965 Complete List of Winners

Jnanpith Awards in India

Jnanpith award is the oldest Indian literary award which is annually presented by the Bhartiya Jnanpith to an author who has an outstanding contribution to literature. It is the oldest and the highest literary award in India and this award is only given to Indian authors who write in Indian languages. The Indian languages included in the Jnanpith award are according to the 8 schedules of the constitution of India. The eight schedules to the constitution of India consist of 22 languages, Assamese, Bengali, Bodo, Dogri, Gujarati, Kannada, Hindi, Kashmiri, Konkani, Maithili, Malayalam, Marathi, Manipuri, Nepali, Odia, Punjabi, Santali, Sindhi, Sanskrit, Tamil, Telugu, and Urdu.

Current Affairs 2022 Awards

List of Award winners from 1965-2021

Year Winners language
2021 Damodar Mauzo Konkani
2020 Nilamani Phookan Assamese
2019 Akkitham Achuthan Namboothiri Malayalam
2018 Amitav Ghosh English
2017 Krishna Sobti Hindi
2016 Shanka Ghosh Bengali
2015 Dr. Raghuvir Chaudhari Gujarati
2014 Bhalchandra Nemade Marathi
2013 Kedarnath Singh Hindi
2012 Ravauri Bharadwaj Telugu
2011 Pratibha Ray Odia
2010 Chandrashekhar Kambara Kannada
2009 Shrilal Shukla Amar Kant Hindi
2008 Akhlaq Mohammed Khan Urdu
2007 Dr. O.N.V Kurup Malayalam
2006 Satya Vrat Shastri Sanskrit
2006 Ravindra Kelekar Konkani
2005 Kunwar Narayan Hindi
2004 Rehman Rahi Kashmiri
2003 Vinda Karandikar Marathi
2002 D. Jayakanthan Tamil
2001 Rajendra Keshavial Shah Gujarati
2000 Indira Goswami Assamese
1999 Nirmal Verma Hindi
1999 Gurdial Singh Punjabi
1999 Nirmal Verma Hindi
1998 Girish Karnad Kannada
1997 Ali Sardar Jafri Urdu
1996 Mahasweta Devi Bengali
1995 Dr. M. T. Vasudevan Nair Malayalam
1994 U. R. Ananthamurthy Kannada
1993 Sitakant Mahapatra Oriya
1992 Naresh Mehta Hindi
1991 Subhas Mukhopadhyay Bengali
1990 Vinayaka Krishna Gokak Kannada
1989 Qurratulain Hyder Urdu
1988 Dr. C. Narayana Reddy Telugu
1987 Vishnu Vaman Shirwadkar Marathi
1986 Sachidananda Routray Oriya
1985 Pannalal Patel Gujarati
1984 Thakazhi Sivasankara Pillai Malayalam
1983 Masti Venkatesh Iyengar Kannada
1982 Mahadevi Varma Hindi
1981 Amrita Pritam Punjabi
1980 S. K. Pottekkatt Malayalam
1979 Birendra Kumar Bhattacharya Assamese
1978 Sachchidananda Hirananda Vatsyayan ‘Ajneya’ Hindi
1977 K. Shivaram Karanth Kannada
1976 Ashapurna Devi Bengali
1975 P. V. Akilan Tamil
1974 Vishnu Sakharam Khandekar Marathi
1973 Gopinath Mohanty Oriya
1973 Dattatreya Ramachandra Bendre Kannada
1972 Ramdhari Singh Dinkar Hindi
1971 Bishnu Dey Bengali
1970 Viswanatha Satyanarayana Telugu
1969 Firaq Gorakhpuri Urdu
1968 Sumitranandan Pant Hindi
1967 Umashankar Joshi Gujarati
1967 Kuppali Venkatappagowda Puttappa Kannada
1966 Tarashankar Bandyopadhyay Bengali
1965 G. Sankara Kurup Malayalam

Important Facts about Jnanpith Awards

The first Jnanpith award winner was G. Shankara Kurup, in 1965. He was a well-known Indian poet literary critic of Malayalam literature and essayist, he is also known as “The Great Poet G”. The first English writer who won the Jnanpith award is Amitav Ghosh in 2018. The first woman to win the Jnanpith award is Ashapurna Devi 1976, who was a Bengali writer. The most recent Jnanpith award winners in 2021 and 2020 were Assamese poet Nilmani Phookan Jr. and Damodar Mauzo who is a Konkani novelist.

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