‘Jnana’ means ‘knowledge’ and ‘Pitha’ means ‘Seat’. Thus ‘Jnanpith’ means ‘Seat of Learning’.Here is a list of eight kannada authors who were awarded Jnanpith award.



Kuppali Venkatappa Puttappa (29 December 1904 – 11 November 1994), prominently known by his nom de plume Kuvempu, was an Indian writer, artist, dramatist, pundit and mastermind. He is broadly viewed as the best Kannada writer of the twentieth century. He is the first among Kannada journalists to be enlivened with the lofty Jnanpith Award.

Kuvempu learned at Mysore University in the 1920s, instructed there for almost three decades and filled in as its bad habit chancellor from 1956 to 1960. He started training in Kannada as the dialect medium. For his commitments to Kannada Literature, the Government of Karnataka embellished him with the honorific Rashtrakavi (“National Poet”) in 1958 and Karnataka Ratna (“The Gem of Karnataka”) in 1992.

2.D R Bendre


Dattatreya Ramachandra Bendre (31 January 1896 – 26 October 1981), famously known as Da. Ra. Bendre, was maybe the most prominent Kannada artist of the Navodaya Period. He was given the honorific Varakavi (‘the talented artist diviner’). Bendre was granted the Jnanapita for his 1964 verse gathering, ನಾಕು ತಂತಿ (Naaku Tanti). Bendre distributed the majority of his work as ಅಂಬಿಕಾತನಯದತ್ತ (Ambikatanayadatta; lit. Datta, child of Ambika). Regularly mixed up for a pen name the Western sense, Bendre portrayed Ambikatanayadatta as the “all inclusive internal voice” inside him that managed what he (Bendre) at that point exhibited in Kannada to the world. He was perceived as the Karnataka Kavi Kula Thilaka (“The crown-gem among Kannada Poets”) by the Udupi Adamuru Matha. He was additionally granted the Padma Shri in 1968 and made a kindred of the Sahitya Akademi in 1969.

3.Shivaram Karanth


Kota Shivaram Karanth (10 October 1902 – 9 December 1997) was a Kannada author, social dissident, naturalist, polymath, Yakshagana craftsman, movie producer and scholar. Ramachandra Guha called him the “Rabindranath Tagore of Modern India, who has been one of the finest authors activists since autonomy”. He was the third essayist to be adorned with the Jnanpith Award for Kannada, the most noteworthy artistic respect gave in India.

4.Maasthi Venkatesa Iyengar


Maasthi Venkatesa Iyengar (6 June 1891 – 6 June 1986) was a notable author in Kannada dialect. He was the fourth among Kannada essayists to be respected with the Jnanpith Award, the most elevated abstract respect gave in India. He was famously alluded to as Maasti Kannadada Aasti which signifies “Maasti, Kannada’s Treasure”. He is most famous for his short stories. He composed under the nom de plume Srinivasa. He was regarded with the title Rajasevasakta by then Maharaja of Mysore Nalvadi Krishnaraja Wadeyar.

5.V.K. Gokak


Vinayaka Krishna Gokak (9 August 1909 – 28 April 1992) was a noteworthy essayist in the Kannada dialect and a researcher of English and Kannada literary works. He was the fifth author to be regarded with the Jnanpith Award in 1990 for Kannada dialect, for his epic Bharatha Sindhu Rashmi. Bharatha Sindhu Rashmi manages the Vedic age and is maybe the longest epic account in any dialect in the twentieth Century. In 1961, Gokak was granted the Padmashree from the Government of India for Dyava Prithvi.

6.U.R. Ananthamurthy


Udupi Rajagopalacharya Ananthamurthy (21 December 1932 – 22 August 2014) was a contemporary essayist and faultfinder in the Kannada dialect conceived in Thirtahalli Taluk and is considered as one of the pioneers of the Navya development. He is the 6th essayist to be respected with the Jnanpith Award for the Kannada dialect, the most astounding artistic respect gave in India. In 1998, he got the Padma Bhushan grant from the Government of India. He was the bad habit chancellor of Mahatma Gandhi University in Kerala amid the late 1980s.

7.Girish Karnad


Girish Raghunath Karnad (conceived 19 May 1938) is an Indian performing artist, movie chief, Kannada author writer and a Rhodes Scholar, who dominatingly works in South Indian silver screen and Bollywood. His ascent as a dramatist in the 1960s, denoted the transitioning of present day Indian playwriting in Kannada, similarly as Badal Sarkar did in Bengali, Vijay Tendulkar in Marathi, and Mohan Rakesh in Hindi. He is a beneficiary of the 1998 Jnanpith Award, the most noteworthy abstract respect gave in India.

8.Chandrashekar Kambar


Chandrashekhara Kambara (conceived 2 January 1937) is a noticeable Indian artist, writer, folklorist, movie chief in Kannada dialect and the author bad habit chancellor of Kannada University in Hampi. He is known for successful adjustment of the North Karnataka lingo of the Kannada dialect in his plays, and lyrics, in a comparative style as in progress of D.R. Bendre.Kambara’s plays chiefly rotate around people or folklore interlinked with contemporary issues, instilling present day way of life with his hard-hitting sonnets.