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Nithin Sridhar

‘Jnana’ means ‘Knowledge’ and ‘Pitha’ means ‘Seat’. Thus, ‘Jnanpith’ means ‘Seat of Learning’. Jnanapith award is one of the most prestigious literary award given to Indian authors in any of the 22 Indian languages mentioned in the Eighth Schedule of the Indian constitution.

The Jnanpith award, constituted in 1961 by Bharatiya Jnanpith- a trust, is given each year for authors for their immense contribution towards their respective language and literature. The Jnanpith award includes a cash of rupees five lakhs, a citation plaque, and a bronze replica of Vagdevi/ Saraswati- the Hindu Goddess of knowledge and wisdom/learning.

Though as of today, authors of Hindi language have bagged the highest number of Jnanpith awards (ten awards), till few years ago the place of the highest was occupied by Kannada language writers. In total, the Kannada language writers have bagged eight Jnanpith awards, with the latest one being bagged in 2010.

Here is a list of eight Kannada authors who were awarded Jnanpith award and their contribution towards Kannada literature:

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1. Kuvempu

Kuppali Venkatappa Puttappa, popularly known as Kuvempu, won the Jnanpith award for his magnum opus ‘Sri Ramayana Darshanam’ in 1967. He was the first Kannada author who was given the Jnanpith award.

Kuvempu is considered as one of the tallest poet of 20th century. He was awarded with honorific titles ‘Rashtrakavi’ (national poet) and ‘Karnataka Ratna’ (gem of Karnataka) by the Government of Karnataka. Government of India honored him with Padma Vibhushan in 1988.

Sri Ramayana Darshanam is the modern rendering of the Valmiki Ramayana in Kavya format (poetry) and runs into 22284 lines. The poet has used Ramayana as a tool to express his grand universal vision. The poet is also credited for composing Karnataka State anthem Jaya Bharata Jananiya Tanujate.

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Google Doodle Celebrates Jnanpith Award-Winning Poet Mahadevi Varma

Google celebrates Jnanpith awardee Mahadevi Varma

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Google on Friday celebrated freedom fighter, women’s rights activist, Hindi poet and Jnanpith awardee Mahadevi Varma with a doodle.

On this date, in 1982, the Bharatiya Jnanpith honoured her with the prestigious award for her “outstanding contribution towards literature”.

Guest artist Sonali Zohra has designed the doodle that shows the transformative poet busy penning her thoughts into beautiful verses under a tree by the field on a breezy afternoon.

Often referred to as ‘modern Meera’ for ushering in the era of romanticism in Hindi literature, Varma was born on March 26, 1907, in Farukhabad in Uttar Pradesh into an orthodox family.

Married at the tender age of nine in 1916, Varma remained at her parental home to continue her education at Crossthwaite Girls’ School in Allahabad.

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Mahadevi Varma (Wikimedia Commons)

The spirit of a writer was kindled by Varma’s mother who inspired her daughter to write in Sanskrit and Hindi, according to Google.

She penned her first verses in secret, while pursuing a master degree in Sanskrit. However, her roommate and friend, Subhadra Kumari Chauhan (a well-known poet) discovered her talent soon.

Varma is revered as one of the foundational poets of the Chhayavad movement in Hindi literature, the Google blog said. Her poignant poetry and essays, mostly centred around her feminist outlook.

In her biography “Mere Bachpan Ke Din” (My Childhood Days), Varma wrote that at a time when a girl child was considered a burden upon the family, she was very fortunate to be born into a liberal family.

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Her works appeared in magazines and books. Her collection of short stories “Sketches from My Past” portrays those women whom she encountered as the principal of an all-girls school.

Though a firm supporter of women’s rights, Varma also explored the topics of tradition and the past with great fondness, it added.

Varma was honoured with the Padma Bhushan in 1956, Sahitya Akademi Fellowship in 1979, and Padma Vibhushan in 1988. She passed away on September 11, 1987.  IANS