List of Jnanpith Award Winners

Jnanpith Awards (also known as Gyanpith Puraskar in Hindi) are considered to be the highest honor for literature in India. It was instituted by Bhartiya Jnanpith in 1961. This honor is given only to Indian nationals for their “outstanding contribution towards literature in any of the Indian languages included in the Eighth Schedule to the Constitution of India and English.

The first recipient of Jnanpith Award was G. Sankara Kurup, who won it in 1965 for his anthology, Odakkuzhal, in Malayalam language.

Bengali novelist Ashapoorna Devi was the first woman to win Jnanpith Award. Devi won the award for her novel Pratham Pratishruti.

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List of Jnanpith Award Winners

List of Jnanpith Award Winners
Year Recipient(s) Language(s)
2019 Akkitham Achuthan Namboothiri Malayalam
2018 Amitav Ghosh English
2017 Krishna Sobti Hindi
2016 Shankha Ghosh Bengali
2015 Raghuveer Chaudhari Gujarati
2014 Bhalchandra Nemade Marathi
2013 Kedarnath Singh Hindi
2012 Ravuri Bharadhwaja Telugu
2011 Pratibha Ray Odia
2010 Chandrashekhara Kambara Kannada
2009 Sri Lal Sukla Hindi
2009 Amarkant Hindi
2008 Akhlaq Mohammed Khan ‘Shahryar’ Urdu
2007 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 Jayakanthan Tamil
2001 Rajendra Shah Gujarati
2000 Mamoni Raisom Goswami Assamese
1999 Gurdial Singh Punjabi
1999 Nirmal Verma Hindi
1998 Girish Karnad Kannada
1997 Ali Sardar Jafri Urdu
1996 Mahasweta Devi Bengali
1995 M. T. Vasudevan Nair Malayalam
1994 U. R. Ananthamurthy Kannada
1993 Sitakant Mahapatra Odia
1992 Naresh Mehta Hindi
1991 Subhash Mukhopadhyay Bengali
1990 Vinayaka Krishna Gokak Kannada
1989 Qurratulain Hyder Urdu
1988 C. Narayana Reddy Telugu
1987 Vishnu Vaman Shirwadkar ‘Kusumagraj’ Marathi
1986 Sachidananda Routray Odia
1985 Pannalal Patel Gujarati
1984 Thakazhi Sivasankara Pillai Malayalam
1983 Masti Venkatesha Iyengar Kannada
1982 Mahadevi Varma Hindi
1981 Amrita Pritam Punjabi
1980 S. K. Pottekkatt Malayalam
1979 Birendra Kumar Bhattacharya Assamese
1978 Sachchidananda Vatsyayan Hindi
1977 K. Shivaram Karanth Kannada
1976 Ashapoorna Devi Bengali
1975 Akilan Tamil
1974 Vishnu Sakharam Khandekar Marathi
1973 Gopinath Mohanty Odia
1973 D. R. Bendre Kannada
1972 Ramdhari Singh ‘Dinkar’ Hindi
1971 Bishnu Dey Bengali
1970 Viswanatha Satyanarayana Telugu
1969 Firaq Gorakhpuri Urdu
1968 Sumitranandan Pant Hindi
1967 Kuppali Venkatappa Puttappa ‘Kuvempu’ Kannada
1967 Umashankar Joshi Gujarati
1966 Tarasankar Bandyopadhyay Bengali
1965 G. Sankara Kurup Malayalam
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