The Jnanpith Award
: ज्ञानपीठ पुरस्कार) is the highest literary award in India The Hindu
It is presented by the Bharatiya Jnanpith
, a trust founded by the Sahu Jain
family, the publishers of The Times of India
The name of the award
is taken from Sanskrit dyāna-pīṭha
carries a check for Rs.
700,000, a citation plaque and a bronze
replica of Saraswati
, the Hindu
goddess of knowledge, music, and the arts.
The award was instituted in 1961, and its first recipient, in 1965, was the Malayalam writer G. Sankara Kurup
. Any Indian citizen who writes in any of the official languages of India
is eligible for the honor.
Prior to 1982, the awards were given for a single work by a writer
; since then, the award has been given for a lifetime contribution to Indian literature. Seven awards each have been awarded in Kannada
and followed by five in Bengali
, four in Urdu
and three in Gujarati
. The award announcements have lately been lagging behind the award-years. The awards for the... Read More