Jnanpith Award for Gulzar and Jagadguru Rambhadracharya

The prestigious 58th Jnanpith Award has been conferred upon lyricist and poet Gulzar and Sanskrit scholar Jagadguru Rambhadracharya. Here are the key details:


Background: Gulzar, whose real name is Sampooran Singh Kalra, is celebrated for his contributions to Hindi cinema and is recognized as one of the finest Urdu poets of our time.

Previous Honors:

  • Sahitya Akademi Award for Urdu (2002)
  • Dadasaheb Phalke Award (2013)
  • Padma Bhushan (2004)
  • Multiple National Film Awards

Notable Works:

  • Gulzar’s poetic and lyrical genius shines through songs like “Jai Ho” from the film “Slumdog Millionaire” (which won an Oscar in 2009 and a Grammy in 2010), as well as compositions for critically acclaimed movies such as “Maachis” (1996), “Omkara” (2006), “Dil Se…” (1998), and “Guru” (2007).
  • He has also directed timeless award-winning classics like “Koshish” (1972), “Parichay” (1972), “Mausam” (1975), “Ijaazat” (1977), and the television serial “Mirza Ghalib” (1988).
  • Gulzar’s poetry includes the innovative genre called “Triveni,” a non-mukaffa poem of three lines.

Jagadguru Rambhadracharya:

Background: Jagadguru Rambhadracharya is a renowned Hindu spiritual leader, educator, and prolific writer. He is the founder and head of Tulsi Peeth in Chitrakoot.

Literary Contributions:

He has authored over 240 books and texts, including four epics, in various Indian languages such as Sanskrit, Hindi, Awadhi, and Maithili.

Spiritual Leadership:

Rambhadracharya holds the position of one of the present four Jagadguru Ramanandacharyas of the Ramananda sect since 1982.

About Jnanpith Award

The Jnanpith Award, established in 1944, is given annually for outstanding contributions to Indian literature. This year, it is being awarded for the second time for Sanskrit language and the fifth time for Urdu language. The award includes a prize money of Rs 21 lakh, a statue of Vagdevi, and a citation

Q: Who has been honored with the 58th Jnanpith Award?

A) Gulzar
B) Jagadguru Rambhadracharya
C) Both A and B
D) None of the above

Ans : C) Both A and B

Q: Which song from the film “Slumdog Millionaire” contributed to Gulzar’s international acclaim?

A) “Jai Ho”
B) “Tere Bina”
C) “Dil Se Re”
D) “Chaiyya Chaiyya”

Ans : A) “Jai Ho”

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