Jnanpith Award Winners | Full List of Winner

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Check out the latest  Jnanpith Award Winners of 2019, 2020, and 2021. Read the full article for more interesting facts like a full list of winner,  language which  won the maximum Jnanpith award and many more about the award.

 Latest Jnanpith Award winner

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”.

Question: Who has been conferred  the 57th Jnanpith Award 2021?
Answer: Damodar Mauzo

Key Points:
• Eminent Konkani writer Damodar Mauzo has been conferred with 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 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)

Jnanpith Award  2020 Winner

Question 2: Who owns the Jnanpith Award 2020?
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 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 highest Indian literary Jnanpith Award, they Birendra Kumar Bhattacharya (15th Jnanpith Award, 1979), Mamoni Raisom Goswami (36th Jnanpith Award, 2000), and Nilamani Phookan (56th Jnanpith Award, 2020)

Jnanpith Award  Winner 2019

Question 3: Who owns the Jnanpith Award 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 Winner (1965 to 2021)

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
2020 (56th)Nilamani PhookanAssamese
2021 (57th)Damodar MauzoKonkani

To which language, have the maximum number of Janpath awards been awarded?

• The answer is Hindi,  Total 11 Jnanpith award was given in Hindi language till 2021. Check out the below list.

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

• From the above list we can see that 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 English language. 

Frequently Asked Questions

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

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

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

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

Question 3: Who got first Jnanpith Award?

Answer: G. Sankara Kurup (in 1965)

Question 4: Which language won most Jnanpith Award?

Answer: Most of the Jnanpith awards has been given in 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 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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