[PDF] Jnanpith Awards Winners List (1965 to 2022), with top additional facts

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The Jnanpith Award is a prestigious literary award in India, given annually to an author for their outstanding contributions to literature. The award has been given since 1961 in various Indian languages. The most recent recipients of the award for the years 2019, 2020/21, and 2022 are:

  • 2019: Akkitham Achuthan Namboothiri for his contributions to Malayalam literature
  • 2020/21: Nilamani Phookan for his contributions to Assamese literature
  • 2022: Damodar Mauzo for his contributions to Konkani literature.

To obtain further information and a comprehensive list of previous winners, please refer to this article. Furthermore, you can also discover which language has received the most Jnanpith awards and all relevant facts pertaining to the Jnanpith award, also known as the Gayanpith award.

About Jnanpith Award

▪ The Jnanpith Award is the oldest and highest Indian literary award, which is presented annually by Bharatiya Jnanpith to an author for their outstanding contributions to literature.

Jnanpith Award Pronunciation

▪ The Jnanpith award is correctly pronounced as the Gyanpeeth award.

▪ The name Jnanpith is derived from the Sanskrit words “Jnana” and “Pitha” which means “knowledge-seat”.

Jnanpith award is given for which field

▪ The Jnanpith Award is the most prestigious and oldest Indian literary award, which is presented annually by Bharatiya Jnanpith to an author for their “outstanding contribution towards literature”.

▪ The award is given to Indian writers writing in any of the Indian languages included in the Eighth Schedule of the Constitution of India and in English.

In which year jnanpith award was started

▪ The Jnanpith award was established in 1961. The first recipient of the award was the Malayalam writer G. Sankara Kurup.

▪ He received the award in 1965 for his collection of poems, Odakkuzhal (The Bamboo Flute), published in 1950.

Who gives Jnanpith Award?

▪ The Jnanpith Award is given by the Bharatiya Jnanpith, a literary and research organization based in India. Founded in 1944.

▪ It was founded by industrialist Sahu Shanti Prasad Jain of the Sahu Jain family. The organization promotes literary and cultural activities in India.

Prize money of Jnanpith award

▪ The Jnanpith award comes with a cash prize of 11 Lakh Indian Rupees (INR), a citation plaque, and a bronze replica of Vagdevi (Saraswati), the goddess of learning. This prestigious award is given to Indian citizens for their outstanding contributions to literature.

Jnanpith Award in a Nutshell

All major facts about Jnanpith Award
Category of awardLiterature
DescriptionOldest and highest Indian literary award
Given forOutstanding contributions to literature
Establishment year1961
First Awarded in1965
First winnerG Shankar Kurup (Malayalam)
Latest winner (2022)Damodar Mauzo (Konkani)
Prize money11 lakh INR
First woman winnerAshapurna Devi (Bengali)
The Award Given byBharatiya Jnanpith, a literary and research organization
Bharatiya Jnanpith established in1944

Jnanpith Award Major Facts Infographic

Jnanpith Award Major Facts Infographic
Jnanpith Award Major Facts Infographic

Latest Jnanpith Award winner

57th Jnanpith Award 2022

Question: Who has been conferred the 57th Jnanpith Award 2022?
Answer: Damodar Mauzo

Key Points:
• Eminent Konkani writer Damodar Mauzo has been conferred with the 57th Jnanpith Award in 2021.

Eminent Mauzo is the second Konkani writer to receive the highest literary award after Ravindra Kelekar.

• First ever Konkani writer who was awarded the Jnanpith award was Ravindra Kelekar,  He won the 42nd Jnanpith award in 2006.

The Jnanpith Award is presented annually by Bhartiya Jnanpith.

• Eminent Mauzo is a short story writer, novelist, columnist, and screenplay writer.

He won the Sahitya Akademi Award for his novel Karmelin in 1983.

Notable works of Damodar Mauzo

Short FictionNovelsChildren’s BooksBiographical
Gathon (1971)Sood (1975)Ek Ashillo Babulo (1976)Oshe Godle Shenoy Goembaab (2003)
Zagranna (1975)Karmelin (1981)Kani Eka Khomsachi (1977)Unch Haves Unch Mathem (2003)
Rumad Ful (1989)Tsunami Simon (2009)Chittarangi (1995)A Documentary film titled ‘Bhai Mauzo’ (2014)

56th Jnanpith Award  2021

Question 2: Who has conferred the 56th Jnanpith Award for the year 2021, in April 2022?
Answer: Nilamani Phookan

Key Points:
Nilmani Phookan is an Indian poet in the Assamese language.

▪ His notable works include Surya Henu Nami Ahe Ei Nodiyedi, Gulapi Jamur Lagna, and Kobita.

▪ He was awarded the 1981 Sahitya Akademi Award in Assamese for his poetry collection.

▪ He was awarded the Padma Shri by the Government of India in 1990.

▪ Also, received the Sahitya Akademi Fellowship, the highest literary honor in India, India’s National Academy of Letters in 2002 for “the immortals of literature”.

▪ In 2019, he was awarded a D.Lit. by Dibrugarh University.

▪ So far, Three Assamese writers have received the Jnanpith Award, the highest literary award in India: Birendra Kumar Bhattacharya (15th Jnanpith Award, 1979), Mamoni Raisom Goswami (36th Jnanpith Award, 2000), and Nilamani Phookan (56th Jnanpith Award, 2021).

55th Jnanpith Award 2019

Question 3: Who has conferred the 55th Jnanpith Award for the year 2019?
Answer: Akkitham Achuthan Namboothiri

Key Points
▪ Akkitham Achuthan Namboothiri popularly known as Akkitham.
▪ He was a Malayalam poet and essayist who received the 55th Jnanpith award in 2019.

▪ Some of his eminent works included Irupatham Noottandinte Ithihasam (English: Epic of the 20th century), Balidarshanam (English: The vision of Bali), and Nimisha Kshetram (English: Holy moment).

Notable awards received by Akkitham Achuthan Namboothiri

Award / HonourYear
Kerala Sahitya Akademi Award for Poetry1972
Odakkuzhal Award1973
Sahitya Akademi Award1973
Aasan Prize1994
Lalitambika Sahitya Award1996
Vallathol Award1997
Ezhuthachan Puraskaram2008
Vayalar Award2012
Padma Shri2017
Jnanpith Award2019
O. N. V. Literary Award2019

Full list of Jnanpith Awards Winners (1965 to 2022)

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
2021 (56th)Nilamani PhookanAssamese
2022 (57th)Damodar MauzoKonkani

Jnanpith Award Winners in Bengali

Sl NoNameWorksYear
1Tarasankar BandyopadhyayGanadevta1966
2Bishnu DeySmriti Satta Bhavishyat1971
3Ashapoorna DeviPratham Pratisruti1976
4Subhash MukhopadhyayPadatik1991
5Mahasweta DeviHajar Churashir Maa1996
6Shankha GhoshFor exceptional contribution in the field of literature.2016

Number of award recipients by language

▪ Which language has received the most Janpath awards?

☛ As of 2022, Hindi has received the most Jnanpith awards with a total of 11 awarded in the language. You can find the list below.

▪ Assamese – 3 times
▪ Konkani – 2 times
▪ Malayalam – 6 times
▪ Bengali – 6 times
▪ English – 1 time
▪ Gujarati – 4 times
▪ Hindi – 11 times
▪ Marathi – 4 times
▪ Kannada – 8 times
▪ Telugu – 3 times
▪ Urdu – 4 times
▪ Odia – 4 times

• As per the above list, it can be observed that the Jnanpith award has been given only once in the English language till 2022.

Amitav Ghosh was awarded the 54th Jnanpith award in 2018 for his literary contributions in the English language.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

Question 1: Who is the recipient of the Jnanpith Award 2021?

Answer: Eminent Konkani writer Damodar Mauzo has been conferred with the 57th Jnanpith Award in 2021.

Question 2: Who is the recipient of the Jnanpith award 2020?

Answer: Nilamani Phookan has been conferred with the 56th Jnanpith Award in 2020.

Question 3: Who got the first Jnanpith Award?

Answer: G. Sankara Kurup (in 1965)

Question 4: Which language won the most Jnanpith Awards?

Answer: Most of the Jnanpith awards has been given in the Hindi language till 2021. The Jnanpith award was given only one time in English till 2021. Amitav Ghosh is the winner of the 54th Jnanpith award in the year 2018 in the English language.

Question 5: Why Jnanpith Award is given?

Answer: Jnanpith Award is the oldest and the highest Indian literary award presented annually by the Bharatiya Jnanpith to an author for their “outstanding contribution towards literature”.

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