Contents 1 Background 2 Selection process 3 Recipients 4 Notes 5 See also 6 References 7 Further reading 8 External links

Background[edit] The Bharatiya Jnanpith, a research and cultural institute founded in 1944 by industrialist Sahu Shanti Prasad Jain of the Sahu Jain family, conceived an idea in May 1961 to start a scheme "commanding national prestige and of international standard" to "select the best book out of the publications in Indian languages".[14][15] In November that year, Rama Jain, the Founder President of the Bharatiya Jnanpith, invited a few literary experts to discuss various aspects of the scheme. Jain, along with Kaka Kalelkar, Harivansh Rai Bachchan, Ramdhari Singh Dinkar, Jainendra Kumar, Jagdish Chandra Mathur, Prabhakar Machwe, Akshaya Kumar Jain, and Lakshmi Chandra Jain, presented the initial draft to the then President of India—Rajendra Prasad who had shown interest in the scheme's implementation. The idea was also discussed at the 1962 annual sessions of the All India Gujarati Sahitya Parishad and the Bharatiya Bhasha Parishad.[14] The award is given in the memory of Moortidevi, mother of Sahu Jain and was first presented in 1983.[1]

Selection process[edit] Only the work of a living author, published at least one year and at the most ten years before the relevant award year, is considered. The Selection Committee is free to consider any other works besides the proposals submitted to it. No award may be declared for a year if the selection committee does not find any work measuring up to the required standard.[1] The nominations for the award are received from several literary experts, teachers, critics, universities, and numerous literary and language associations. Every three years, an advisory committee is constituted for each of the languages. Each committee consists of three literary critics and scholars of their respective languages.[3] The Selection Board consists of between seven and eleven members of "high repute and integrity". Each member is part of the committee for a term of three years which can also be extended further for two more terms. The recommendations of all language advisory committees are evaluated by the board based on complete or partial translations of the selected writings of the proposed writers into Hindi or English.[1]

Recipients[edit] C. K. Nagaraja Rao was the first recipient of the award. Pratibha Ray is the only female recipient of the award. Joy Goswami is the most recent recipient of the award. List of award recipients, showing the year, and language[16] Year Recipient Work Language Ref. 1983 (1st) Rao, C. K. NagarajaC. K. Nagaraja Rao Pattamahadevi Shantala Devi Kannada !Kannada [4] 1984 (2nd) Sakhlecha, Virendra KumarVirendra Kumar Sakhlecha — Hindi !Hindi [17] 1986 (3rd) Sethia, KanhaiyalalKanhaiyalal Sethia — Rajasthani !Rajasthani [18] 1987 (4th) Pancholi, ManubhaiManubhai Pancholi Zer To Pidha Chhe Jani Jani Gujarati !Gujarati [19] 1988 (5th) Prabhakar, VishnuVishnu Prabhakar — Hindi !Hindi [20] 1989 (6th) Mishra, Vidya NiwasVidya Niwas Mishra — Hindi !Hindi [21] 1990 (7th) Nagraj, MunishreeMunishree Nagraj — Hindi !Hindi [16] 1991 (8th) Ray, PratibhaPratibha Ray Yagnaseni Odia !Odia [5] 1992 (9th) Rai, Kuber NathKuber Nath Rai — Hindi !Hindi [22] 1993 (10th) Dubey, ShyamacharanShyamacharan Dubey — Hindi !Hindi [3] 1994 (11th) Sawant, ShivajiShivaji Sawant Mrityunjay Marathi !Marathi [4] 1995 (12th) Verma, NirmalNirmal Verma Bharat aur Europe: Pratishruti ke Shetra Hindi !Hindi [4] 2000 (13th) Pande, Govind ChandraGovind Chandra Pande Sahitiya Saundarya aur Sanskriti Hindi !Hindi [4] 2001 (14th) Tripathi, RammurtiRammurti Tripathi Shriguru Mahima Hindi !Hindi [4] 2002 (15th) Shalya, YashdevYashdev Shalya — Hindi !Hindi [16] 2003 (16th) Lodha, Kalyan MalKalyan Mal Lodha — Hindi !Hindi [16] 2004 (17th) Desai, NarayanNarayan Desai Maroon Jeewan Aaj Mari Vaani Gujarati !Gujarati [23] 2005 (18th) Sharma, RammurtiRammurti Sharma Bharatiya Darshan Ki Chintadhara Hindi !Hindi [23] 2006 (19th) Mishra, Krishna BihariKrishna Bihari Mishra Kalpataru ke Utsav Leela Hindi !Hindi [24] 2007 (20th) Moily, VeerappaVeerappa Moily Shri Ramayana Mahanveshanam Kannada !Kannada [25] 2008 (21st) Raghuvansh, RaghuvanshRaghuvansh Raghuvansh Paschimi Bhautik Samskriti Ka Utthan Aur Patan Hindi !Hindi [7] 2009 (22nd) Namboothiri, Akkitham AchuthanAkkitham Achuthan Namboothiri Various poems. Malayalam !Malayalam [26] 2010 (23rd) Narang, Gopi ChandGopi Chand Narang Urdu Ghazal aur Hindustani Zehn-o Tahzeeb Urdu !Urdu [27] 2011 (24th) Kothari, GulabGulab Kothari Ahmev Radha, Ahmev Krishnah Hindi !Hindi [28] 2012 (25th) Das, HaraprasadHaraprasad Das Vamsha Odia !Odia [5] 2013 (26th) Radhakrishnan, C.C. Radhakrishnan Theekkadal Katanhu Thirumadhuram Malayalam !Malayalam [8] 2014 (27th) Tripathi, VishwanathVishwanath Tripathi Vyomkesh Darvesh Hindi !Hindi [29] 2015 (28th) Enoch, KolakaluriKolakaluri Enoch Ananta Jeevanam Telugu !Telugu [30] 2016 (29th) Kumar, M. P. VeerendraM. P. Veerendra Kumar Hymavathabhoovil Malayalam !Malayalam [31] 2017 (30th) Goswami, JoyJoy Goswami Du Dondo Phowara Matro Bengali !Bengali [13]

Notes[edit] ^ The Eighth Schedule to the Constitution of India consists of twenty-two languages viz. Assamese, Bengali, Bodo, Dogri, Gujarati, Hindi, Kannada, Kashmiri, Konkani, Maithili, Malayalam, Manipuri, Marathi, Nepali, Odia, Punjabi, Sanskrit, Santhali, Sindhi, Tamil, Telugu, and Urdu.[2]

See also[edit] Jnanpith Award

References[edit] ^ a b c d "Moortidevi Award". Bharatiya Jnanpith. Archived from the original on 30 May 2017. Retrieved 1 December 2017.  ^ "The Constitution of India: Eighth Schedule" (PDF). Ministry of Home Affairs (India). p. 1. Archived from the original (PDF) on 5 March 2016. Retrieved 28 May 2016.  ^ a b c "Proposal for the 29th Moortidevi Award" (PDF). Bharatiya Jnanpith. 10 August 2015. Retrieved 1 December 2017.  ^ a b c d e f g "Moortidevi Awards for two writers". The Times of India. 24 February 2003. Archived from the original on 30 December 2016. Retrieved 17 December 2015.  ^ a b c "Moortidevi Award for Haraprasad Das". The Times of India. 3 September 2013. Archived from the original on 24 September 2016. Retrieved 17 December 2015.  ^ "Happy Basant Panchami 2017: Why We Celebrate This Festival". NDTV. 31 January 2017. Archived from the original on 2 December 2017. Retrieved 1 December 2017.  ^ a b "Hamid Ansari presents 'Moortidevi Award' to Dr. Raghuvansh". Sify. 16 May 2011. Archived from the original on 26 February 2014. Retrieved 29 March 2012.  ^ a b "Moortidevi Award for C. Radhakrishnan". The Hindu. 14 June 2014. Archived from the original on 3 February 2018. Retrieved 18 December 2015.  ^ "List of Hindi Books" (PDF). Vikram Sarabhai Library-IIM. Archived (PDF) from the original on 12 July 2017. Retrieved 1 December 2017.  ^ Tiwari 2005, p. 108. ^ "Speech by the President of India, Shri Pranab Mukherjee at the presentation of 47th Jnanpith Award to Dr. Pratibha Ray" (Press release). Press Information Bureau, India. 22 May 2013. Archived from the original on 10 June 2016. Retrieved 20 May 2016.  ^ "Nirmal Verma, Gurdial Singh jointly get Jnanpith Award". The Hindu. 11 March 2000. Archived from the original on 3 February 2018. Retrieved 20 May 2016.  ^ a b "Bengali poet Joy Goswami to get 31st Moortidevi Award". India Today. 15 December 2017. Retrieved 16 December 2017.  ^ a b "Jnanpith Award @ Bharatiya Jnanpith". Bharatiya Jnanpith. Archived from the original on 9 March 2016. Retrieved 28 May 2016.  ^ Datta 1987, p. 298. ^ a b c d "Moortidevi Laureates". Bharatiya Jnanpith. Archived from the original on 19 December 2013. Retrieved 19 December 2013.  ^ "Bharatiya Jnanpith second moorti devi literary award". The Times Group. 27 April 1986. Archived from the original on 22 December 2015. Retrieved 18 December 2015.  ^ Thukral 2017, p. 5. ^ Vol 1987, p. 37. ^ Vipāsā 2009, p. 40. ^ India 1992, p. 1004. ^ Maheshwari 1999, p. 192. ^ a b "Narayan Desai to be awarded". Daily News and Analysis. 18 April 2007. Archived from the original on 23 December 2015. Retrieved 18 December 2015.  ^ "Moily gets Moortidevi Award". Deccan Herald. 4 November 2009. Archived from the original on 22 December 2015. Retrieved 18 December 2015.  ^ "Moortidevi Award for Veerappa Moily". The Times of India. 19 March 2010. Archived from the original on 4 December 2017.  ^ "Moortidevi Award for Akkitham". The Hindu. 19 January 2011. Archived from the original on 3 February 2018. Retrieved 18 December 2015.  ^ Bhattacharya, Budhaditya (19 November 2012). "Reclaiming the ghazal's space". The Hindu. Archived from the original on 3 February 2018. Retrieved 18 December 2015.  ^ "Vice President Calls upon People to Stay Connected with their Cultural Roots". Press Information Bureau. 4 September 2013. Archived from the original on 22 December 2015. Retrieved 18 December 2015.  ^ "Moortidevi Award for Hindi author Vishwanath Tripathi". Business Standard. 26 June 2015. Archived from the original on 12 January 2016. Retrieved 17 December 2015.  ^ "Award for Kolakaluri Enoch". The Hindu. Archived from the original on 2 December 2017. Retrieved 28 February 2016.  ^ "M P Veerendra Kumar to get 30th Moortidevi Award on March 4". India Today. 23 February 2017. Archived from the original on 27 July 2017. Retrieved 3 December 2017. 

Further reading[edit] Tiwari, Shubha (2005). Indian Fiction in English Translation. Atlantic Publishers & Dist. p. 108. ISBN 978-81-269-0450-1.  Datta, Amaresh (1987). Encyclopaedia of Indian Literature. Sahitya Akademi. p. 298. ISBN 978-81-260-1803-1.  Thukral, R. K. (2017). Rajasthan District Factbook : Churu District: District level socio-economic data of Churu District, Rajasthan. Datanet India Pvt. Ltd. p. 5. ISBN 978-93-805-9037-0.  "Indian Newsmagazine". Vol. 29. 1987.  Vipāsā, Volumes 138-141. Bhāshā evam Saṃskr̥ti Vibhāga. 2009.  India: A Reference Annual. Ministry of Information and Broadcasting (India). 1992.  Maheshwari, Suresh (1999). Lalita nibandhakāra Kuberanātha Rāya: vyaktitva-kr̥titva kī lalita ālocanā. Bhavana Prakashan. p. 192. ISBN 978-81-7667-000-5. 

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