List of Literary and Cultural Awards India

List of Literary and Cultural Awards India 

Last updated on December 7, 2023

List of Literary and Cultural Awards India 

Recipients of the Jnanpith Award

G Shankar Kurup (Malayalam) 1965
TS Bandopadhyaya (Bengali) 1966
Uma Shankar Joshi (Gujarati) 1967
R S Firaq Gorakhpuri (Urdu) 1969
Sumitra Nandan Pant (Hindi) 1968
Vishwanath Satyanarayan (Telugu) 1970
Vishnu Dey (Bengali) 1971
Ram Dhari Singh Dinkar (Hindi) 1972
Dr D R Bendre (Kannada) and Gopinath Mohanty (Oriya) 1973
V S Khandekar (Marathi) 1974
PV Akilandam (Tamil) 1975
Mrs Asha Purna Devi (Bengali) 1976
K Shiv Ram Karanth (Kannada) 1977
H S Vatsayan ‘Ageya’ (Hindi) 1978
V K Bhattacharya (Assamese) 1979
S K Pottekat (Malayalam) 1980
Mrs Amrita Pritam (Punjabi) 1981
Mrs Mahadevi Verma (Hindi) 1982
M V Iyengar (Kannada) 1983
T S Pillai (Malayalam) 1984
Panna Lal Patel (Gujarati) 1985
Sachida Nand Routory (Oriya) 1986
V V Shirvadkar (Marathi) 1987
C Narayana Reddy (Telugu) 1988
Qurtul-ain-Haider (Urdu) 1989
Vinayak Krishna Gokak (Kannada) 1990
Subhash Mukhopadhyay (Bengali) 1991
Naresh Mehta (Hindi) 1992
Dr Sitakant Mahapatra (Oriya) 1993
U R Anantha Murthy (Kannada) 1994
M T Vasudevan Nair (Malayalam) 1995
Smt Mahasweta Devi (Bengali) 1996
Ali Sardar Jafri (Urdu) 1997
Girish Karnad (Kannada) 1998
Nirmal Verma (Hindi) and Gurdayal Singh (Punjabi) 1999
Dr Indira Goswami (Assamese) 2000
Rajendra Keshavlal Shah (Gujarati) 2001
D Jaya Kanthan (Tamil) 2002
Vinda Karandikar (Marathi) 2003
Rehman Rahi (Kashmiri) 2004
Kunwar Narayan (Hindi) 2005
Ravindra Kelekar (Konkani) and Satyavrat Shastri (Sanskrit) 2006
O N V Kurup (Malayalam) 2007
Akhlaq Khan Shaharyar (Urdu) 2008
Amar Kant (Hindi) 2009
Shrilal Shukla (Hindi) 2009
Chandrashekhara, Kambara (Kannada) 2010
Pratibha Ray (Odiya) 2011
Ravuri Bharadhwaja (Telugu) 2012
Kedarnath Singh (Hindi) 2013
Bhalchandra Nemade (Marathi) 2014
Raghuveer Chadhari (Gujarati) 2015
Shankha Ghosh (Bengali) 2016
Krishana Sobti (Hindi) 2017
Amitav Ghosh (English) 2018

 

Bhasha Samman

Instituted in 1996, Sahitya Akademi gives these special awards to writers for significant contributions to Indian languages other than the above 24 major ones and also for contributions to classical and medieval literature.

Translation Awards
Established in 1989, Sahitya Akademi annually gives these awards for outstanding translations of major works in other languages into one of the 24major Indian languages.

Anand Coomaraswamy Fellowships
Named after the Indian writer Ananda Coomaraswamy, the fellowship was started in 1996. It is given to scholars from Asian countries to spend 3 to 12 months in India to pursue a literary project.

Premchand Fellowships
Named after Hindi writer Premchand, the fellowship was started in 2005. It is given to persons of eminence in the field of culture from SAARC countries.

Sangeet Natak Akademi Puraskar (Akademi Award)

Awarded by the Sangeet Natak Akademi, India’s National Academy of Music, Dance and Drama. This award was constituted in 1952. It is the highest Indian recognition given to practicing artists in the categories of music, dance, theatre, other traditional/ folk/ tribal/dance/music/ theatre, and puppetry and contribution/scholarship in performing arts.

Lalit Kala Academy Ratna

Instituted in 1955 by the Government of India, is an honor for the fine arts given to eminent artists for their lifetime achievements in the field of visual arts. It is awarded by the Lalit Kala Academy, India’s National Academy of Art. It is the highest honor in the fine arts conferred by the Government of India.

Saraswati Samman

The Saraswati Samman is an annual award for outstanding prose or poetry literacy works in any Indian language listed in Schedule VII of the Constitution of India. The Saraswati Samman was instituted in 1991 by the KK Birla Foundation. The award consists of ` 10 lakh, a citation and a plaque.

Tansen Award

These awards are given by the Government of Madhya Pradesh for the outstanding contribution in the field of music. This award was constituted in 1980 and compresses ` 2 lakh.

Vyas Samman

The Vyas Samman is a literary award in India, first awarded in 1991. It is awarded annually by the KK Birla Foundation and includes a cash payout of ` 2.5 lakh.

Iqbal Samman

These awards are given by the Literary Council of Madhya Pradesh for the outstanding contribution to the field of Urdu literature. This award was constituted in 1987 and comprises ` 1 lakh and a certificate.

Murtidevi Award
This award was constituted in 1984 and is given for extraordinary performance in literature. It is given by the Indian Jnanpith Trust.

Science Awards

Shanti Swarup Bhatnagar Award
▸ This prize for science and technology is awarded annually by the Council of Scientific & Industrial Research (CSIR) for notable and outstanding research, applied or fundamental, in biology, chemistry, environmental science, engineering, mathematics, medicine, and physics under the age of 65 years.
▸ It is the highest award for science in India. It was first awarded in 1958.
▸ The Prize comprises a citation, a plaque, and a cash award of `5 lakh.

Dhanwantari Award
▸ It is given for the Medical field. This award comprises a certificate, Gold Medal and
` 1 lakh Dhanvantari award.
▸ Instituted in 1971 and given for ‘Excellence in Medical Services’.
▸ Thus, the award is given by ‘Dhanvantari Foundation’.

Dr BC Roy Award

▸ Medical Council of India instituted Dr BC Roy Award in 1976, in memory of Bharat Ratna Dr. Bidhan Chandra Roy. The award is given annually in each of the following categories: statesmanship of the highest order in India, Medical man-cum- statesman, eminent medical person, the eminent person in philosophy and arts.
▸ It is presented by the President of India in New Delhi on 1st July National Doctor’s Day.
▸ This award comprises a Silver Medal, certificate, and ` 1lakh cash.

Jamnalal Bajaj Award

It is a prestigious Indian award, for promoting Gandhian values, social work, and social development. It is established in 1978 by the Jamnalal Bajaj Foundation of Bajaj Group. This award contains ` 5 lakh, a certificate, and a trophy.

Homi Bhabha Award

▸ Instituted in 1990, and given for excellence in the field of Atomic energy.
▸ This award comprises ` 50000 and a certificate.

Vikram Sarabhai Award

▸ Instituted in 1990 and given for excellence in the field of Space Research.
▸ This award is given by the ‘Birla Foundation’.
▸ This award comprises medals, certificates,s and ` 50000.

GD Birla Award

▸ GD Birla award for scientific research is conferred by KK Birla Foundation. KK Birla Foundation was established in 1991, by Krishna Kumar Birla.
▸ This award comprises ` 1.45 lakh and a certificate.

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