JNANPITH AWARD AND WINNERS LIST

The Jnanpith Award is the highest literary award in India It is presented by the Bharatiya Jnanpith, a trust founded by the Sahu Jain family, the publishers of the The Times of India newspaper.
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.
The award carries a cash price of Rs.2.5 lakh, a citation and a bronze replica of Vagdevi.

Winners list
Year   Name                          Works                                Language
1965   G Sankara Kurup        Odakkuzhal (Flute)                Malayalam
1966   T Bandopadhyaya        Ganadevta                            Bengali
1967   Kuvempu                  Sri Ramayana Darshanam  Kannada              
1967   Umashankar Joshi        Nishitha                                Gujarati
1968   Sumitranandan Pant     Chidambara                           Hindi
1969   Firaq Gorakhpuri         Gul-e-Naghma                       Urdu
1970   V Satyanarayana     Ramayana Kalpavrikshamu  Telugu                          
1971   Bishnu Dey Smriti          Satta Bhavishyat                  Bengali
1972   R S Dinkar                    Urvashi                                Hindi
1973   D R Bendre                Nakutanti (Four Strings)    Kannada
1973   Gopinath Mohanty          Paraja                                 Oriya
1974   V S Khandekar              Yayati                                 Marathi
1975   P.V.Akilan                     Chitttrappavai                      Tamil
1976   Asha Purna Devi             Pratham Pratisruti                Bengali
1977   K.S Karanth                Mookajjiya Kanasugalu     Kannada
1978   S H V Ajneya                Kitni Navon Men Kitni Bar   Hindi
1979   B K Bhattacharya           Mrityunjay (Immortal)          Assamese
1980   S. K. Pottekkatt             Oru Desattinte Katha           Malayalam
1981   Amrita Pritam                  Kagaj te Canvas                 Punjabi
1982   Mahadevi Varma            Yama                                  Hindi
1983   Maasti V Ayengar     Chikkaveera Rajendra       Kannada
1984   Thakazhi S Pillai              Kayar {Coir}                     Malayalam
1985   Pannalal Patel                Maanavi Ni Bhavaai             Gujarati
1986   S Rout Roy                                                               Oriya
1987   V V S Kusumagraj          Natsamrat                          Marathi
1988   Dr.C. Narayana Reddy    Vishwambhara                   Telugu
1989   Qurratulain Hyder           Akhire Shab Ke Humsafar  Urdu
1990   V. K. Gokak            Bharatha Sindhu Rashmi     Kannada
1991   Subhas Mukhopadhyay                                            Bengali
1992   Naresh Mehta                                                          Hindi
1993   Sitakant Mahapatra         Indian literature                 Oriya
1994   U.R. Ananthamurthy                                             Kannada
1995   M. T. Vasudevan Nair     Randamoozham                Malayalam
1996   Mahasweta Devi                                                      Bengali
1997   Ali Sardar Jafri                                                         Urdu
1998   Girish Karnad             Kannada literature          Kannada
1999   Nirmal Verma                                                         Hindi
1999   Gurdial Singh                                                           Punjabi
2000   Indira Goswami                                                      Assamese
2001   Rajendra Keshavlal Shah                                        Gujarati
2002   D. Jayakanthan                                                       Tamil
2003   Vinda Karandikar          Ashtadarshana                  Marathi
2004   Rahman Rahi S S           Kalami Rahi,                    Kashmiri
2005   Kunwar Narayan                                                   Hindi
2006   Ravindra Kelekar                                                  Konkani
2006   Satya Vrat Shastri                                                 Sanskrit
2007   O. N. V. Kurup                                                    Malayalam
2008   Akhlaq Mohammed Khan 'Shahryar'                      Urdu
2009   Shrilal Shukla                                                         Hindi
2010   Chandrashekhara Kambara   Kannada literature  Kannada

See Also:
Dada Saheb Palke Awards                   Nobel Prize
Nadoja Awards 2010                           Nobel Prize 2009
Karnataka Rajyotsava Awards 2010    Infosys Prize 2010
Rajiv Gandhi Khel ratna Awards           Infosys Prize 2009
57th National Film Awards                   ICC Awards 2010

For more details:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jnanpith_Award
http://www.jnanpith.net/laureates/index.html
http://win2vin.wordpress.com/2009/09/02/list-of-jnanpith-award-winners-indias-highest-literary-award/
http://www.indiapicks.com/Literature/Jnanpith/Jnanpith_Awards.htm
http://sundeepdougal.tripod.com/jnan.html

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