Jnanpith Award to Prof. Sankha Ghosh

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The President of India Pranab Mukherjee conferred the 52nd Jnanpith Award on Prof. Sankha Ghosh.

A poet and critique par excellence, a teacher of reputation, a recipient of the Sahitya Akademi award, way back in 1977, Padma Bhushan Prof. Sankha Ghosh is indeed the most deserving recipient of this award.

A professor of Bengali and an authority in his own right on the works of Gurudev Rabindranath Tagore, Prof. Sankha Ghosh represents the fluid brilliance that characterizes India’s multifarious literary genius.

One look at his works, be it Adim Lata- Gulmomay, Murkho Baro Samajik Noy or Baborer Prarthana, to name a few, and one would be left in no doubt about every word of the observations mentioned by the selection board to be to the point and correct.

The Jnanpith Award is an Indian literary award presented annually by the Bharatiya Jnanpith to an author for their “outstanding contribution towards literature”. Instituted in 1961, the award is bestowed only on Indian writers writing in Indian languages included in the Eighth Schedule to the Constitution of India and English, with no posthumous conferral.

List of Jnanpith Award Recipients

Year Recipient(s) Language(s)
1965
(1st)
G. Sankara Kurup Malayalam
1966
(2nd)
Tarasankar Bandyopadhyay Bengali
1967
(3rd)
Umashankar Joshi Gujarati
1967
(3rd)
Kuppali Venkatappa Puttappa ‘Kuvempu’ Kannada
1968
(4th)
Sumitranandan Pant Hindi
1969
(5th)
Firaq Gorakhpuri Urdu
1970
(6th)
Viswanatha Satyanarayana Telugu
1971
(7th)
Bishnu Dey Bengali
1972
(8th)
Ramdhari Singh ‘Dinkar’ Hindi
1973
(9th)
D. R. Bendre Kannada
1973
(9th)
Gopinath Mohanty Odia
1974
(10th)
Vishnu Sakharam Khandekar Marathi
1975
(11th)
Akilan Tamil
1976
(12th)
Ashapoorna Devi Bengali
1977
(13rd)
K. Shivaram Karanth Kannada
1978
(14th)
Sachchidananda Vatsyayan Hindi
1979
(15th)
Birendra Kumar Bhattacharya Assamese
1980
(16th)
S. K. Pottekkatt Malayalam
1981
(17th)
Amrita Pritam Punjabi
1982
(18th)
Mahadevi Varma Hindi
1983
(19th)
Masti Venkatesha Iyengar Kannada
1984
(20th)
Thakazhi Sivasankara Pillai Malayalam
1985
(21st)
Pannalal Patel Gujarati
1986
(22nd)
Sachidananda Routray Odia
1987
(23rd)
Vishnu Vaman Shirwadkar ‘Kusumagraj’ Marathi
1988
(24th)
C. Narayana Reddy Telugu
1989
(25th)
Qurratulain Hyder Urdu
1990
(26th)
Vinayaka Krishna Gokak Kannada
1991
(27th)
Subhash Mukhopadhyay Bengali
1992
(28th)
Naresh Mehta Hindi
1993
(29th)
Sitakant Mahapatra Odia
1994
(30th)
U. R. Ananthamurthy Kannada
1995
(31st)
M. T. Vasudevan Nair Malayalam
1996
(32nd)
Mahasweta Devi Bengali
1997
(33rd)
Ali Sardar Jafri Urdu
1998
(34th)
Girish Karnad Kannada
1999
(35th)
Nirmal Verma Hindi
1999
(35th)
Gurdial Singh Punjabi
2000
(36th)
Mamoni Raisom Goswami Assamese
2001
(37th)
Rajendra Shah Gujarati
2002
(38th)
Jayakanthan Tamil
2003
(39th)
Vinda Karandikar Marathi
2004
(40th)
Rehman Rahi Kashmiri
2005
(41st)
Kunwar Narayan Hindi
2006
(42nd)
Ravindra Kelekar Konkani
2006
(42nd)
Satya Vrat Shastri Sanskrit
2007
(43rd)
O. N. V. Kurup Malayalam
2008
(44th)
Akhlaq Mohammed Khan ‘Shahryar’ Urdu
2009
(45th)
Amarkant Hindi
2009
(45th)
Sri Lal Sukla Hindi
2010
(46th)
Chandrashekhara Kambara Kannada
2011
(47th)
Pratibha Ray Odia
2012
(48th)
Ravuri Bharadhwaja Telugu
2013
(49th)
Kedarnath Singh Hindi
2014
(50th)
Bhalchandra Nemade Marathi
2015
(51st)
Raghuveer Chaudhari Gujarati
2016
(52nd)
Shankha Ghosh Bengali

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