G. Sankara Kurup [Mahakavi G] (1901 - 1978 / Nayathode, Kingdom of Cochin, Kerala, India)
G. Sankara Kurup, better known as Mahakavi G (The Great Poet G), was the first winner of the Jnanpith Award, India's highest literary award. He won the prize in 1965 for his collection of poems in Malayalam Odakkuzhal (The bamboo flute, 1950). With part of the prize money he established the literary award Odakkuzhal in 1968. He was also the recipient of the Soviet Land Nehru Award, in 1967, and the Padma Bhushan in 1968.
Mahakavi G was one of the foremost among the Malayalam poets. Born on 05 June 1901, at Naayattode near Kaladi, Sankara Kurup completed his education, and started his career as a Malayalam teacher in a secondary school Tiruvilwamala in 1921. Later he became a ... more »
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