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EXPLAINED : JNANPITH AWARD

EXPLAINED : JNANPITH AWARD

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Malayalam poet Akkitham Achuthan Namboothiri was conferred the 55th edition of the Jnanpith Award.

About Jnanpith Award

  • It was instituted in 1961.
  • It is bestowed only on Indian writers writing in Indian languages included in the Eighth Schedule to the Constitution of India and English.
  • It is an Indian literary award presented annually by the Bharatiya Jnanpith to an author for their "outstanding contribution towards literature".
  • Key facts
    • First winner: G. Sankara Kurup
    • Established: 1961
    • Currently held by: Akkitham Achuthan Namboothiri
    • First awarded: 1965

About Bharatiya Jnanpith

  • It is a research and cultural institute founded in 1944 by industrialist Sahu Shanti Prasad Jain of the Sahu Jain family.
  • The 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".

About Eighth Schedule to the Constitution of India

  • The Eighth Schedule to the Constitution consists of the following 22 languages.
  • They are also called as Scheduled languages of India.These languages have special status.
  • There are 22 Scheduled languages.

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