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The Saraswati Samman is an annual award for outstanding prose or poetry literary works in any 22 Indian language listed in Schedule VIII of the Constitution of India.[1][2] It is named after an Indian goddess of learning and is considered to be among the highest literary awards in India.[2]

Saraswati Samman
Date 1991
Location Delhi
Country India
Currently held by Sitanshu Yashaschandra

The Saraswati Samman was instituted in 1991 by the K. K. Birla Foundation. It consists of Rs 15[3] lakh, a citation and a plaque.[1][2][4] Candidates are selected from literary works published in the previous ten years by a panel that included scholars and former award winners. The inaugural award was given to Harivanshrai 'Bachchan' for his four volume autobiography, Kya Bhooloon Kya Yaad Karoon, Needa Ka Nirman Phir, Basere Se Door and Dashdwar se Sopan Tak.[5]

AwardeesEdit

Year Image Recipient Work Language Ref.
1991   Harivansh Rai Bachchan Autobiography in four volumes
(Autobiography)
Hindi [2][6]
1992   Ramakant Rath "Sri Radha"
(Poetry)
Oriya [2]
1993   Vijay Tendulkar "Kanyadaan"
(Play)
Marathi [2]
1994   Harbhajan Singh "Rukh Te Rishi"
(Poetry collection)
Punjabi [2]
1995   Balamani Amma "Nivedyam"
(Poetry collection)
Malayalam [2]
1996   Shamsur Rahman Faruqi "She`r-e Shor-Angez" Urdu [2]
1997  – Manubhai Pancholi "Kurukshetra" Gujarati [2]
1998   Shankha Ghosh "Gandharba Kabita Guccha"
(Poetry collection)
Bengali [2]
1999  – Indira Parthasarathy "Ramanujar"
(Play)
Tamil [2]
2000   Manoj Das "Amruta Phala"
(Novel)
Oriya [2][7]
2001   Dalip Kaur Tiwana "Katha Kaho Urvashi"
(Novel)
Punjabi [2][8]
2002  – Mahesh Elkunchwar "Yugant"
(Play)
Marathi [2]
2003  – Govind Chandra Pande "Bhagirathi"
(Poetry collection)
Sanskrit [2]
2004   Sunil Gangopadhyay "Pratham Alo"
(Novel)
Bengali [2]
2005   K. Ayyappa Panicker "Ayyappa Panikarude Kritikal"
(Poetry collection)
Malayalam [2][9]
2006   Jagannath Prasad Das "Parikrama"
(Poetry collection)
Oriya [10]
2007  – Naiyer Masud "Taoos Chaman Ki Myna"
(Short stories collection)
Urdu [11][12]
2008  – Lakshmi Nandan Bora "Kayakalpa"
(Novel)
Assamese [13]
2009   Surjit Paatar "Lafzan Di Dargah" Punjabi [14]
2010   S. L. Bhyrappa "Mandra" Kannada [4]
2011  – A. A. Manavalan "Irama Kathaiyum Iramayakalum" Tamil [15]
2012   Sugathakumari "Manalezhuthu"
(Poetry collection)
MALAYALAM [16]
2013  – Govind Mishra "Dhool Paudho Par"
(Novel)
Hindi [17]
2014   Veerappa Moily "Ramayana Mahanveshanam"
(Poetry)
Kannada [18]
2015  – Padma Sachdev "Chitt-Chete"
(Autobiography)
Dogri [19]
2016 Mahabaleshwar Sail "Hawthan"
(Novel)
Konkani [20]
2017   Sitanshu Yashaschandra "Vakhar"
(Poetry collection)
Gujarati [21]

NotesEdit

  1. ^ a b "About Saraswati Samman". K.K. Birla Foundation. Retrieved 2014-09-23. 
  2. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m n o p q r "Saraswati Samman for Prof Paniker". The Tribune. Chandigarh, India. 19 February 2006. Archived from the original on 16 December 2006. 
  3. ^ http://www.tribuneindia.com/news/jammu-kashmir/community/padma-sachdev-to-get-saraswati-samman/221490.html
  4. ^ a b "Saraswati Samman for writer Bhyrappa". The Times of India. 6 April 2011. Archived from the original on 5 December 2011. 
  5. ^ "Saraswati Samman Recipients". K.K. Birla Foundation . Retrieved 2014-09-23. 
  6. ^ "Harivansh Rai Bachchan". LitGloss, University at Buffalo. Archived from the original on 24 June 2010. 
  7. ^ Choudhury, Ashok K. (17 June 2001). "Manoj Das: True interpreter of India's cultural and spiritual heritage". Daily Excelsior. Jammu and Kashmir, India. Archived from the original on 1 July 2001. 
  8. ^ "Saraswati Samman for Dalip Kaur Tiwana". The Tribune. Chandigarh, India. 24 January 2002. Archived from the original on 13 February 2002. 
  9. ^ Joshua, Anita (18 February 2006). "Saraswati Samman for Ayyappa Paniker, Malayalam poet". The Hindu. Archived from the original on 28 January 2014. 
  10. ^ "Saraswati Samman for eminent Oriya writer". The Hindu. 13 February 2007. Archived from the original on 4 March 2007. 
  11. ^ "Saraswati Samman for Urdu author". The Hindu. 15 February 2008. Archived from the original on 19 February 2008. 
  12. ^ "I view the whole story like a movie: Naiyer Masud". The Tribune. Chandigarh, India. 24 February 2008. Archived from the original on 2008. 
  13. ^ ""Kayakalpa" gets Saraswati Samman". The Hindu. 12 February 2009. Archived from the original on 28 January 2014. 
  14. ^ "Punjabi poet Surjit Patar gets Saraswati Samman". The Hindu. 19 September 2010. Archived from the original on 28 January 2014. 
  15. ^ "Honour for Tamil writer". The Hindu. 23 March 2012. Archived from the original on 28 January 2014. 
  16. ^ "Award for Sugathakumari". The Hindu. 3 August 2013. Archived from the original on 28 January 2014. 
  17. ^ "Govind Mishra gets Saraswati Samman 2013 for novel 'Dhool Paudhon Par'". Daily News & Analysis. 22 September 2014. Archived from the original on 23 September 2014. 
  18. ^ http://english.dcbooks.com/m-veerappa-moily-bags-prestigious-saraswati-samman-2014.html
  19. ^ http://currentaffairs.gktoday.in/dogri-poetess-padma-sachdev-selected-2015-saraswati-samman-04201632095.html
  20. ^ http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/city/goa/konkani-author-mahabaleshwar-sail-gets-saraswati-samman/articleshow/57561403.cms
  21. ^ PTI (2018-04-27). "Gujarati poet Sitanshu Yashaschandras "Vakhar" chosen for Saraswati Samman". India Today. Retrieved 2018-04-27. 

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