In 2009, Satya Vrat Shastri the first Sanskrit poet to be conferred the award since its inception
अरे सुशिल ये ज्ञानपीठ पुरस्कार क जरा प्रकाश दाल तो सही ,
The Jnanpith Award is a literary award in India. Along with the Sahitya Akademi Fellowship, it is one of the two most prestigious literary honours in the country. It is presented by the Bharatiya Jnanpith, a trust founded by the Sahu Jain family, the publishers of the The Times of India newspaper.
First Awardee(s) G Sankara Kurup
The award carries a check for Rs. 500,000, a citation plaque and a bronze replica of Vagdevi, the Hindu goddess of knowledge, music, and the arts.
Prior to 1982, the awards were given for a single work by a writer; since then, the award has been given for a lifetime contribution to Indian literature. Seven awards each have been awarded in Kannada and Hindi and followed by five in Bengali, four in Malayalam and three in Gujarati, Oriya, Marathi and Urdu.The award announcements have lately been lagging behind the award-years. The award for the years 2005 and 2006 were announced on November 22, 2008, and were awarded to the Hindi writer Kunwar Narayan for 2005 and jointly to Konkani writer Ravindra Kelekar and Sanskrit scholar Satya Vrat Shastri for 2006. , in 2009, Satya Vrat Shastri the first Sanskrit poet to be conferred the award since its inception