Who was the First Woman to Receive Jnanpith Award?

The first woman of India who awarded with the Jnanpith Award in 1976 was Ashapoorna Devi.

About Ashapoorna Devi (Asha Purna Devi)

Ashapoorna Devi was a well known novelist and poet who became the first woman of India awarded with the Jnanpith Award in 1976. She was born on 8th of January in 1909 in Potoldanga, North Calcutta to the Harendra Nath Gupta and Sarola Sundari. She got married to the Kalidas Gupta in the year 1924 and has a son Sushanta. She died on 13th of July in the year 1995.

How Ashapoorna Devi became the First Indian Woman to Receive Jnanpith Award

She was very interested towards reading books however, during her childhood she was not allowed to go to the school because of her grandmother. After shifting her family to other place, she got new chance to go to school and fulfill her wishes. She and her sisters were used to of composing and reciting poems. She became inspired and sent her poem secretly to get published. She became famous in the year 1922 at her 13 after publishing her poem “Bairer Dak”. In this way she made her permanent place into the literature kingdom.

Achievements of Ashapoorna Devi as a First Indian Woman to Receive Jnanpith Award

Throughout her literary career, she has been honored with various prestigious prizes and Indian awards. Some of are:

  • In the year 1976, she became the first woman of India who received the Jnanpith Award.
  • She has also been honored with the Padma Shri by the Indian Government in 1976, D.Litt by the Universities of Jabalpur and Deshikottama in the year 1989 by the Vishwa Bharati University.

What is Jnanpith Award

Jnanpith Award is a most prestigious literary award, offered by the Bharatiya Jnanpith (a trust established by the Sahu Jain family, publisher of “The Times of India” newspaper), of the India which is given to the honored Indian people who writes in any Indian official languages. This award was founded and established in the year 1961 to honor the great Indian people.