What is the Moortidevi Award?

Moortidevi Award is a prestigious literary award given by the Jnanpith Samiti of India. The award was instituted in 1961 and C. K. Nagaraja Rao was the first Kannada writer to receive it. He was given this award for his poetry collection 'Kannada'.

Quick Info About Moortidevi Award:

Award Class  Literature
Establishment Year 1961
Prize Money Rs 04 lakh
1st winner C. K Nagraj Rao
WINNER OF THE YEAR 2019 Dr. Vishwanath Prasad Tiwari (Esti & Bhavati)
Description Prestigious literary award given by Bharatiya Jnanpith Samiti

Amount to be given in Moortidevi Award:

Under this award, a prize money of Rs 4 lakh, a statue of Saraswati Devi and a citation is provided by the Bharatiya Jnanpith Samiti. Bharatiya Jnanpith Trust established for the development of Indian literature Bharatiya Jnanpith is a trust established by Shri Sahu Shanti Prasad Jain and Smt.

Rama Jain for the development of Indian literature. This trust publishes literary books and gives two awards namely Jnanpith Award and Murti Devi Award, which are among the highest awards of literature.

Moortidevi Award Winners 2019:

The prestigious 33 Moortidevi Awards for the year 2019 were announced by Bharatiya Jnanpith on December 6, 2019. This year this award will be given to Dr. Vishwanath Prasad Tiwari, former president of Sahitya Akademi and famous Hindi poet-critic. He will be given this award for his autobiography 'Asti Aur Bhavati'. Supporter. The award was announced by the Moortidevi Award Selection Board constituted under the chairmanship of Satyavrat Shastri. It is to be known that in the year 1982, Bharatiya Jnanpith decided to give this award every year in the memory of Murti Devi (who is the mother of Sahu Shanti Prasad Jain, the founder of Bharatiya Jnanpith).

This award is given to those books by any of the authors of the languages ​​included in the Eighth Schedule of the Constitution of India, which reflect the human values ​​of Indian philosophy and culture. The award carries a prize money of Rs 4 lakh, an idol of Saraswati Devi and a citation. The 31st Moortidevi Award for the year 2017 was given to renowned Bengali poet Joy Goswami for his poetry collection 'Du Dondo Phowara Matri'.

List of Moortidevi Awardees from 1983 to 2023:

Year Names of winners  Language
2019 Dr. Vishwanath Prasad Tiwari Hindi (Asti and Bhavati)
Dr. Vishwanath Prasad Tiwari is a renowned Hindi litterateur and was the President of Sahitya Akademi for the period from 2013 to 2017. He is the founder-editor of the literary quarterly magazine named 'Dasvej' published from Gorakhpur. This magazine is a specialized magazine of composition and criticism, which is being published regularly since 1978.
In 2011 he was awarded Vyas Samman. Dr. Vishwanath Prasad Tiwari is a renowned Hindi litterateur and was the President of Sahitya Akademi for the period from 2013 to 2017. He is the founder-editor of the literary quarterly magazine named 'Dasvej' published from Gorakhpur. This magazine is a specialized magazine of composition and criticism, which is being published regularly since 1978. He was awarded the Vyas Samman in 2011.
2017 Joy Goswami Bangla (Du Dondo Fawara Matro)
Joy Goswami is an Indian poet. Goswami writes in Bengali and is widely regarded as one of the most important Bengali poets of his generation.
2016 M.P. Virendra Kumar Malayalam (Hayamathbhuvil)
M. P. Virendra Kumar was an Indian politician, writer and journalist, a member of the 14th Lok Sabha. He was a member of the Loktantrik Janata Dal political party and was the president of the Kerala state unit of the party. He was also the chairman and managing director of the Malayalam daily newspaper Mathrubhumi. He passed away due to cardiac arrest in Kozhikode, Kerala on 28 May 2020.
2015 Pro. Kolkaluri Enoch Telugu (Anant Jeevanam)
Prof. Kolkaluri Enoch is an Indian author, teacher and former Vice-Chancellor of Sri Venkateswara University, Tirupati. In 2014, he was honored by the Government of India by conferring him with the Padma Shri, the fourth highest civilian award, for his contribution to the field of literature.
2014 Vishwanath Tripathi Hindi (Byomkesh Darvesh)
Vishwanath Tripathi is a Hindi writer. He has about 20 publications to his credit which include literary criticism, memoirs and poetry collections.
2013 C. Radhakrishnan Malayalam (Thekkadal Katanahu Thirumadhuram)
C. Radhakrishnan is a Malayalam language writer and film director from Kerala, India. Radhakrishnan was the editor of Peeravi, a Malayalam magazine published from the school of Bhagavad Gita. He was the former Editor-in-Chief of Dainik Madhyama from 16 August 1999 to 1 September 2001
2012 Harprasad Das Odia (Vamsha)
Harprasad Das is an Odia language poet, essayist and columnist. Das has twelve works of poetry, four of prose, three translations and one piece to his credit. Harprasad, is a retired civil servant. He has served various UN bodies as an expert.
2011 Gulab Kothari Hindi (I am Radha, I am Krishna)
Gulab Kothari is an Indian writer, and editor-in-chief of Rajasthan Patrika. Kothari is known for his contribution to Vedic studies and was awarded the Moortidevi Award in 2011, for his book Main Hi Radha, Main Hi Krishna.
2010 Gopi Chand Narang Urdu (Urdu Ghazal and Hindustani Zehan-o Tehzeeb)
Gopi Chand Narang is an Indian theorist, literary critic and scholar, who writes in Urdu and English. His Urdu literary criticism incorporates a range of modern theoretical frameworks including stylistics, structuralism, post-structuralism and oriental poetry.
2009 Akkitham Untouchable Namboothiri Malayalam (various poems)
Akkitham Untouchable Namboothiri, popularly known as Akkitham, is an Indian poet and essayist in the Malayalam language. Known for a simple and engaging style of writing, Akkitham is the recipient of India's highest literary honour, the Jnanpith Award, and several other awards including the Padma Shri, Ezhuthachan Award, Kendra Sahitya Akademi Award, Kerala Sahitya Akademi Award for Poetry, Odakuzhal Award, among others. 2019 are the recipients.
2008 Raghuvansh Raghuvansh Hindi (The Rise and Fall of Western Physical Culture)
2007 Veerappa Moily Kannada (Sri Ramayana Mahaneswaram)
Marpadi Veerappa Moily is an Indian politician belonging to the Indian National Congress from the state of Karnataka. Moily was the former chief minister (and the first ethnic Tuluva CM) of the Indian state of Karnataka. He was elected to the Karnataka State Legislative Assembly from Karkala constituency in Udupi district. From 2009 to 2019, he represented the Chikballapur constituency in the Lok Sabha.
2006 Krishna Bihari Mishra Hindi (Utsav Leela of Kalpataru)
Krishna Bihari Mishra was born on July 1, 1936 in Ballia village of Uttar Pradesh. Caste consciousness and the building-ground of Khari Boli literature, Ganesh Shankar Vidyarthi, Journalism: History and Questions, Collection of fine essays: Jungle of Behaya, Houses are rising, looking for courtyard etc.
2005 Dr. Ramamurthy Sharma Hindi (concern of Indian Philosophy)
2004 Narayan Desai Gujarati (Maroon Jeevan Aaj Mari Vani)
Narayan Desai was an Indian Gandhian and writer. After his marriage to Uttara Chowdhary, the daughter of freedom fighter parents, Nabakrishna Chowdhary and Malatidevi Chowdhary, the young couple moved to Vedchhi, a tribal village 60 km from Surat in Gujarat, where he worked as a teacher in a Nai Talim school. Following the Bhoodan movement started by Vinoba Bhave, Narayan traveled the length and breadth of Gujarat on foot, collecting land from rich people and distributing it among the poor landless villagers. He started the mouthpiece of the Bhoodan movement, titled Bhumiputra (Son of the Soil) and remained its editor till 1959
2003 Kalyan Mal Lodha Hindi

Kalyan Mal Lodha is an educationist, Hindi writer, literary critic and social reformer, who served as the Vice-Chancellor of Jodhpur University. Lodha was born in Jodhpur, Rajasthan and now lives in Kolkata. He has made significant contributions to the cause of Jainism and the Jain community. He was the head of the Department of Hindi at Calcutta University.
2002 Yashdev Shalya Hindi
2001 Ramamurthy Tripathi Hindi (Shri Guru Mahima)
Ram Murti Tirpathi was born on 4 February 1929 in a small village in Varanasi district of Uttar Pradesh. He did his M.A. from Kashi Hindu University. And obtained the degree of Ph.D. He had also worked as Professor and Chairman of Department of Hindi, Vikram University, Ujjain, its published works: Euphemism and Naveen Kavita, Indian Literature Philosophy, Aptitude discussion, Ras discussion, Major aspects of literature, Lakshna and its Hindi poetry has diffusion, mysticism etc.
2000 Govindchandra Pandey Hindi (Sahitya Saundarya and Sanskrit)
Govind Chandra Pande was a famous Indian historian of the Vedic and Buddhist periods. He served as Vice-Chancellor and Chancellor of Ancient History at Jaipur and Allahabad Universities. He was also for many years President of the Indian Institute of Advanced Study, Shimla and President of the Allahabad Museum Society and President of the Central Tibetan Society, Sarnath Varanasi.
1995 Nirmal Verma Hindi (India and Europe: Areas of Pratisruti)
Nirmal Verma was a Hindi writer, novelist, activist and translator. He is credited as one of the pioneers of the Nai Kahani (New Story) literary movement of Hindi literature, of which his first story collection, Parinde (Birds), is considered its first signature. In a career spanning five decades and various forms of literature, such as short stories, travelogues and essays, he wrote five novels, eight short-story collections and nine books of non-fiction, including essays and travelogues.
1994 Shivaji Sawant Marathi (Mrityunjaya)
Shivaji Sawant (31 August 1940 – 18 September 2002) was an Indian novelist in the Marathi language. He is known as Mrityunjaykar (Mrityunjaykar) for writing the famous Marathi novel Mrityunjay meaning creator). He was the first Marathi writer to be awarded the Moortidevi Award in 1994. He held the post of Vice President of Maharashtra Sahitya Parishad since 1995. He was the President of Baroda Sahitya Sammelan in 1983.
1993 Shyamacharan Dubey Hindi
Shyamacharan Dubey is an Indian sociologist and writer. He is also remembered as an efficient administrator and advisor to various international institutions. He was a man of courage and humane qualities. He was born in Madhya Pradesh, he was awarded the Murtidevi Award by the Bharatiya Jnanpith for tradition, history and culture.
1992 Kubernath Rai Hindi (Maral)
Kuber Nath Rai was a writer and scholar of Hindi literature and Sanskrit. From 1958 to 1986, he was a lecturer in the Department of English at Nalbari College, Assam. From 1986 to 1995 he was as a principal in Swami Sahajanand Saraswati PG College, Ghazipur, UP. She received the Mortidevi Award from Bharatiya Jnanpith and several awards from the Government of UP, and Assam.
1991 Dr. Pratibha Roy Odia (Yaganaseni)
Dr. Pratibha Rai is an Indian academic and writer. He was born on 21 January 1943, in Albol, a remote village in Balikuda area of Jagatsinghpur district, east of Cuttack district in the state of Odisha. She was the first woman to win the Mortidevi Award in 1991.
1990 Muni Shri Nagraj Hindi
Munishree Nagraj is an Indian writer, poet of Hindi language. She won the Mortidevi Award in 1990.
1989 Vidya Niwas Mishra Hindi
Vidya Niwas Mishra was born on 28 January 1926 in Pakardiha, Gorakhpur district of Uttar Pradesh. He did his education at Allahabad University and Gorakhpur University. MA in Sanskrit from Prayag University After graduating, he involved himself in the work of compiling a Hindi dictionary under the direction of renowned scholar Rahul Sankrityayan. Vidya Niwas Mishra was a scholar, Hindi-Sanskrit litterateur and journalist. He was awarded the Padma Bhushan.
1988 Vishnu Prabhakar Hindi
Vishnu Prabhakar was a Hindi writer. He had several short stories, novels, plays and travelogues to his credit. Prabhakar's works have messages of patriotism, nationalism and social upliftment. He was awarded the Sahitya Akademi Award in 1993, the Mahapandit Rahul Sankrityayan Award in 1995 and the Padma Bhushan (India's third highest civilian honour) by the Government of India in 2004.
1987 Manubhai Pancholi Gujarati (Zeer Te Pidha Che Jani Jani)
Manubhai Pancholi, also known by his pen name, was a Gujarati-language novelist, writer, educationist and politician from Gujarat, India. He participated in the Indian independence movement and held several offices after independence. Pancholi is regarded as one of the greatest novelists in Gujarati literature. He was influenced by Mahatma Gandhi, and followed Gandhian thought and methods in his writings and life.
1986 Kanhaiya Lal Sethia Rajasthani
Kanhaiyalal Sethia was a famous Rajasthani and Hindi poet. He was born in Sujangarh in Churu district in the Indian state of Rajasthan. He was an ardent supporter of making Rajasthani, the mother tongue of the people of Rajasthan at the federal level, He was a government recognized freedom fighter, social worker, reformer, philanthropist and environmentalist.
1984 Virendra Kumar Sakhalecha Hindi
Virendra Kumar Sakhalecha was an Indian politician who served as the 10th Chief Minister of Madhya Pradesh from 18 January 1978 to 19 January 1980. He was the leader of the Bharatiya Janata Party. He is from Mandsaur district of Madhya Pradesh. She was awarded the Moortidevi Award in the year 1984.
1983 C. K Nagaraj Rao Kannada (V)
C.K. Nagaraja Rao was a Kannada writer, playwright, stage artist, director, journalist and social activist. She was honored with the Moortidevi Award in 1983 by Bharatiya Jnanpith for her famous composition "Pattamahadevi Shantaladevi".The award was given. He was the first recipient of this award in the year 1978 by the Karnataka Sahitya Akademi for the same work of his which received the "Best Creative Literary Work" award.

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