4. Literary Awards in India Literature Awards in India are instituted to appreciate the great work of literature of Indian writers. Some of the famous Literary Awards in India are as follow: i) Jnanpith Award: Jnanpith Award, which is also known as Gyanpeeth Award, was instituted in 1961. It is the highest literary award in India which is conferred by the Gyanpeeth Trust only to those Indian writers who have worked in a language which is recognized in the Indian Constitution. The recipient of this award receives a statue of Goddess Saraswati along with a cash prize. Famous Recipients of Jnanpith Award:
- Sankara Kurup for his work in Malayalam ‘Otakuzhal’ in 1965. He is the first writer to receive Jnanpith Award.
- Krishna Sobti for contribution in Hindi in 2017.
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