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Oțakkushal by G. Sankara Kurup1965
Ōdakkul̲al by G Sankara Kurup1965
Ōṭakkul̲al: tiraññeṭutta ar̲upatu khaṇdhakr̲utikaḷ by Ji. Śaṅkarakkur̲uppȧ1965
Ganadevata (The temple pavilion) by Tārāśaṅkara Bandyopādhyāẏa1966
Mahāchandassina Śrī Rāmāyaṇa darśannaṃ by Kuvempu1967
Niśītha evaṃ anya kavitāyeṃ by Umāśaṅkara Jośī1967
Śrī Rāmāyaṇa darśanaṃ : Śrī Kuvempu avara mahākāvya 'Śrī Rāmāyaṇa darśanaṃ' da saraḷa gadyānuvāda by Kuvempu1967
Cidambarā by Sumitr♯nandana Panta1968
Gul-i nag̲h̲mah : kullīyāt-i Firāq kā ṣaḍī aiḍīshan by Firāq Gorakhpūrī,1969
Śrīmadrāmāyaṇakalpavr̥kṣamu by Vishwanath Satyanarayana1970
Smr̥ti sattā bhabishyata by Bishnu Dey1971
Urvaśī tathā anya śr̥ṅgārika kavitāem̐ by Ramdhari Sinha Dinkar1972
Māṭimaṭāḷa by Gopinath Mahanty1973
Nāku tanti by Dattatreya Ramachandra Bendre1973
Yayati by V. S Khandekar1974
Portrait of a woman by Akilan1975
First Promise (Pratham Pratisruti) by Ashapurna Debi1976
Mookajjiya Kanasugalu by Shivarama Karanth1977
Kitani nāvoṃ meṃ kitanī bāra. 1962-66 kī kavitāeṃ by Sachchidanand Hiranand Vatsyayan1978
MRITYUNJAY by B. K. Bhattacharyya1979
Oru Desathinte Katha (Malayalam Edition) by S K Pottekkatt1980
Kagaza te kanawasa by Amrita Pritam1981
Yāmā by Mahādevī Varmā1982
Cikavīra Rājēndra : srinivāsa by Masti Venkatesa Iyengar1983
Kayar by Thakazhi Sivasankara Pillai1984
Endurance, a droll saga = Manavini bhavai by Pannalal Nanalal Patel1985
Mānavīnī bhavāī by Pannalal Nanalal Patel1985
Viswambhara : a modern epic by C. Narayana Reddy1988
Fireflies in the Mist by Qurratulain Hyder1989
¯Akhir-e-shab ke hamsafar by Qurratulʻain Ḥaidar1989
Bharatha Sindhu Rashmi by Vinayak Krishna Gokak1990
Padātika by Subhāsha Mukhopādhyāẏa1991
Subhas MUKHOPDHYAY: Padatik (Bengali)1991
Second Turn by M. T. Vasudevan Nair1995
Mother of 1084 by Mahasweta Devi1996
Dan̐tāla hātīra um̐ẏe khowā hāoda by Māmaṇi Raẏachama Goswāmī2000
The moth-eaten howdah of the tusker by Māmaṇi Raẏachama Goswāmi2000
Dhvani : kāvya ne gītasaṅgraha by Rājendra Śāha2001
Cila nēraṅkaḷil cila man̲itarkaḷ by Jeyakāntan2002
Go back to Paris = Parisukku po by Jeyakāntan2002
Once an Actress by Jayakanthan2002
Oru man̲itan̲, oru vīṭu, oru ulakam by Jeyakāntan2002
Pārīsukkup pō! by Jeyakāntan2002
Ōr ilakkiyavātiyin̲ araciyal an̲upavaṅkaḷ by Jeyakāntan2002
Ōr ilakkiyavātiyin̲ ān̲mīka an̲upavaṅkaḷ by Jeyakāntan2002
Yajnaseni: The Story of Draupadi by Pratibha Ray2011
Pākuḍurāḷḷu by Rāvūri Bharadvāja2012
Akāla meṃ sārasa : kavitāem̐, 1983-87 by Kedarnath Singh2013
Hindu / हिंदू by Bhalchandra Nemade2014

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The Jnanpith Award (also spelled as Gyanpeeth Award) is a literary award in India. Along with the Sahitya Akademi Fellowship, it is one of the two most prestigious literary honours in the country. The award was instituted in 1961. Eligibility is restricted to any Indian citizen who writes in one of the 22 languages listed in Schedule Eight of the Indian constitution. It is presented by the Bharatiya Jnanpith, a trust founded by the Sahu Jain family, the publishers of the newspaper The Times of India.

The name of the award is taken from Sanskrit words jnāna and pīṭha (knowledge-seat). It carries a cheque for ₹11 lakh, a citation plaque and a bronze replica of Saraswati, the Indian goddess of knowledge, music, and the arts.

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. As of 2014 most Jananpith award winners, ten have been writing in Hindi followed by eight in Kannada, five each in Bengali and Malayalam, four each in Oriya, Urdu and Marathi and three each in Gujarati and Telugu and two each in Assamese and Tamil.

Starting with the Bengali writer Ashapoorna Devi in 1976, seven women writers have won the award so far. The other recipients include Amrita Pritam (1981, Punjabi), Mahadevi Varma (1982, Hindi), Qurratulain Hyder (1989, Urdu), Mahasweta Devi (1996, Bengali), Indira Goswami (2000, Assamese) and Pratibha Ray (2011, Oriya).

The award announcements have lately been lagging behind the award-years. The awards for the years 2005 and 2006 were announced on 22 November 2008, and were awarded to the Hindi writer Kunwar Narayan for 2005 and jointly to Konkani writer Ravindra Kelekar and Sanskrit scholar Satya Vrat Shastri for 2006. Satya Vrat Shastri is the first Sanskrit poet to be conferred the award since its inception. The awards for the 45th and 46th Jnanpith for the years 2009 and 2010 respectively, were announced on 20 September 2011. The 45th award was jointly conferred on Hindi littérateurs Amar Kant and Sri Lal Sukla, and the 46th on the Kannada littérateur Chandrashekhara Kambara. The 48th Jnanpith award for the year 2012 was announced on 17 April 2013 and was conferred to Telugu novelist, short-story writer and poet Ravuri Bharadhwaja for his overall contribution to Telugu literature.

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