Moortidevi Award

In 1982, Bharatiya Jnanpith decided to present annually an award in the memory of Smt. Moorti Devi, mother of Sahu Shanti Prasad Jain, the founder of Bharatiya Jnanpith to a "contemplative or intellectual work" created by any living author writing in any of the languages enlisted in the VIIIth Schedule of Indian Constitution.

The award is specifically given out to such writings that underline and express Indian philosophy and cultural heritage based on wider ideals and human values. The award consists of a Saraswati Statue, a Citation Plaque and Cash Award.

The first recipient of the award was the Kannada writer C. K. Nagaraja Rao who was honoured in 1983 for his novel, Pattamahadevi Shantala Devi, which was published in four volumes.

 

Present Selection Board 

1. Prof. Satyavrat Shastri (Chairman)
2. Dr. Asgar Wajahat
3. Shri Sheenkaaf Nizam
4. Prof. Veersagar Jain
5. Shri Jayant Parmar
6. Dr. K. Sreenivasrao
7.  Smt.Yashodhara Mishra (Ex- officio)
8. Shri Leeladhar Mandloi (Ex- officio)

 

Past Members of Selection Board : 

S.No

Name

Designation

1

Shri Jainendra Kumar

 

2

Shri Gangasaran Singh

 

3

Shri Akshay Kumar Jain

 

4

Dr. Laxmimall Singhavi

 

5

Siddhantachaya Pt. Kailash Chandra Shastri

 

6

Dr. Lokesh Chandra

 

7

Sahu Shriyans Prasad Jain

 

8

Dr. Nemi Chandra Jain

 

9

Shri Ashok Kumar Jain

 

10

Shri Laxmi Chandra Jain

Ex-officio

11

Prof. Dayakrishna

 

12

Dr. Panduranga Rao

Ex-officio

13

Dr. Nirmala Jain and Shri Dinesh Misra

Ex-officio

14

Dr. Kapila Vatsyayan

Chairman

15

Dr. Ramdarash Mishra

 

16

Dr. Jagannath Prasad Das

 

17

Shri  Ramesh Chandra

 

18

Dr. Prabhakar Shrotriya

Ex-officio

19

Shri T. N. Chaturvedi

Chairman

20

Prof. K. Sachchidanandan

 

21

Shri Kamal Sogani

 

22

Dr. Pratibha Ray

 

23

 Prof. Vrishabha Prasad Jain

 

24

 Sahu Akhilesh Jain

Ex- Officio

25

Dr. Masud Husain

 

26

Prof. S. Sesharatnam

 

27

Prof. Rajaram Jain