Jnanpith Award

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    • Assamese poet Nilmani Phookan Jr won the 56th Jnanpith Award and Konkani novelist Damodar Mauzo won the 57th Jnanpith Award.

    About Jnanpith Award

    • It is the highest literary award in India and is given annually for the best creative literary writing to writers in any of the 22 “scheduled languages” recognized in the Indian Constitution. 
    • It is sponsored by the cultural organization Bharatiya Jnanpith.
    • It was instituted in 1961, and the first award was given in 1965. 
    • The prize carries a cash award, a citation, and a bronze replica of Vagdevi (Saraswati), the goddess of learning. 

    Another Literary Award 

    • The Sahitya Akademi award established in 1954, is a literary honour.
      • It is conferred by Sahitya Akademi which is India’s National Academy of Letters.
      • The Sahitya Akademi Award prizes the most outstanding books of literary merit published in any of the major Indian languages recognised by the Akademi.

    Source: IE