Bhasha Samman (List of Winner 1996-2018)

Bhasha Samman Winners
Sahitya Akademi's Bhasha Samman
Bhasha Samman is an annual literary award given to Indian writers, who writes in regional languages, other than 24 national languages of India (eligible for Sahitya Akademi Award) by Sahitya Akademi, the National Academy of Letters, India. The award carries a monetary prize of one lakh Indian rupee and a copper plaque.

The first Bhasha Sammans were given to Dharikshan Mishra for Bhojpuri, Bansi Ram Sharma and M.R. Thakur for Himachali, K. Jathappa Rai and Mandara Keshava Bhat for Tulu, and Chandra Kanta Mura Singh for Kokborok; for their contribution to the developement of these respective languages and their literature.

2018
Dr. Gagendra Nath Joshi (Classical and Medieval Literature: Eastern)
Dr. Shailja Bapat (Classical and Medieval Literature: Western)
Sri Harikrishan Diwedi and Dr. Shamim Sharma (Joint Award for Hariyanvi)

2017
Dr. Yogendra Nath Sharma 'Arun' (Classical and Medieval Literature: Northern)
Dr. G. Venkatasubbaih (Classical and Medieval Literature: Southern)
Dr. Haldhar Nag and Dr. Prafulla Kumar Tripathy (Koshali and Sambalpuri)
Sr. H. Nengsong (Paite)

2016
1. Dr. Shesh Anand Madhukar (Magahi)
2. Prof. Madhukar Anant Mehendale (Classical and Medieval Literature: Western)
3. Dr. Amrith Someshwar (Tulu)

2015
1. Dr. Anand Prakash Dixit (Classical and Medieval Literature: Northern)
2. Nagalla Guruprasada Rao (Classical and Medieval Literature: Southern)
3. Dr. Nirmal Minz (Kurukh)
4. Prof. Lozang Jamspal and Sri Gelong Thupstan Paldan (Joinly for Ladakhi)
5. Harihar Vaishnav (Halbi)
6. Dr. T.R. Damodaran and T.S. Saroja Sundararajan (Jointly for Sourashtra)

2014
1. Acharya Munishwar Jha (Classical and Medieval Literature)
2. Prof. Shrikant Bahulkar (Classical and Medieval Literature)
3. Charu Chandra Pande and Mathuradutt Mathpal (Jointly for Kumauni)

2013
1. Dr. K. Meenakshi Sundaram (Classical & Medieval Literature)
2. Dr. Jaspal Singh (Classical & Medieval Literature)
3. Sri Vasant Nirgune (Bhili)

2012
1. Prof. Sumerchand Kesarichand Jain (Classical and Medieval Literature)
2. Prof. Satyabati Giri (Classical and Medieval Literature)
3. Mahadeo Savji Andher (Warli)
4. Prof. Motiraj Bhajnu Rathod and Dr. Ramchandra Ramesh Arya (Jointly for Banjara/Lambadi)

2011
1. Dr. Vishwanath Tripathi (Classical and Medieval Literature)
2. Dr. Puthussery Ramchandran    (Classical and Medieval Literature)
3. Prof. Sondar Singh Majaw (Khasi)

2010
1. Narayan Chandra Goswami (Assamese)
2. Hasu Yajnik (Sindhi)
3. Prof. Taburam Taid (Mishing)
4. Addanda C. Cariappa and Mandira Java Appanna (Jointly for Kodava)
5. Prof. S. S. Majaw (Khasi)

2009
1. Dr. Gurdev Singh (Punjabi)
2. Prof. Korlapati Srirama Murthy (Telugu)
3. Niranjan Chakma (Chakma)
4. Dr. Girijasankar Ray (Rajbanshi)

2008
1. Surendranath Satapathy (Oriya)
2. Vishvanath Anandarao Khaire (Marathi)
3. Vishwanath Pathak (Avadhi)
4. Dr. Ram Naraian Sharma and Dr. Kailash Bihari Dwivedi (Jointly for Bundeli)
5. Sudama Prasad ‘Premi’ and Prem Lai Bhatt (Jointly for Garhwali)
6. Madhav Joshi ‘Ashq’ and Tejpal Darshi Shah ‘Tej’ (Jointly for Kachchhi)

2007
1. Prof. S. Settar (Classical & Medieval Literature, Kannada)
2. Dr. Shashinath Jha (Classical & Medieval Literature, Maithili)
3. Dr. Pratyoosh Guleri and Gautam Chand Sharma (Jointly for Himachali)

2006
1. Hampa Nagarajaiah (Classical and Medieval Literature)
2. Prof. Veturi Ananda Murthy (Classical and Medieval Literature)
3. Kilensowa Ao (Ao Language)
4. Thada. Subramanyam and K.R. Sethuraman(Jointly for Sourashtra)

2005
1. Dr. L. Basavaraju (Classical and Medieval Literature)
2. Dr. Narayan Hemandas (Classical and Medieval Literature)
3. Sr. Bidor Sing Kro (Karbi)
4. Dr. Douvituo Kuolie (Angami)

2004
1. Prof. H.H. Mahamedhanandanath Saraswati (Classical and Medieval Literature)
2. Prof. Kamalesh Datta Tripathi (Classical and Medieval Literature)
3. Prof. Hira Lal Shukla (Gondi)
4. Binod Kumar Naik (Ho)

2003
1. Dr. Kesavananda Dev Goswami (Classical and Medieval Literature)
2. Dr. Mohammad Waris Kirmani (Classical and Medieval Literature)
3. Mangat Raveendra (Chhattisgarhi)
4. Bihari Lakra (Kurukh)

2002
1. Manik Dhanpalwar (Classical and Medieval Literature)
2. Madhu Ram Baro (Baro)
3. Dr. Ram Prasad Singh (Magahi)

2001
1. T. Koteswar Rao (Classical and Medieval Literature)
2. T.V. Venkatachala Sastry (Classical and Medieval Literature)
3. Mohammad Israil Asar (Gojri)
4. Moti B.A. (Bhojpuri)

2000
1. Dr. Jayakanta Mishra (Classical and Medieval Literature)
2. Chimanlal Shivashankar Trivedi (Classical and Medieval Literature)
3. Krishna Patil (Ahirani)
4. Passang Tshering Lepcha (Lepcha)

1999
1. Prof. Shyam Manohar Pandey (Classical and Medieval Literature)
2. Dr. S.V. Subramanian (Classical and Medieval Literature)
3. Dr. M.M. Mundu (Mundari)
4. Llewellyn R. Marak (Garo)

1998
1. Dr. Bhagawandas Kuberdas Patel (Bhili)
2. Sri Tashi Rabgias (Ladakhi)
3. Sri Dayanidhi Mallik (Kui)

1997
1. Devi Singh Khongdup (Khasi)
2. James Dokhuma (Mizo)
3. Dr. Doman Sahu ‘Samir’ (Santhali)

1996
1. M.R. Thakur and Bansi Ram Sharma (Jointly for Himachali)
2. Mandara Keshava Bhat and K. Jathappa Rai (Jointly for Tulu)
3. Dharikshan Mishra (Bhojpuri)
4. Chandra Kanta Murasingh (Kokborok)

*The 2017 and 2018 Sahitya Akademi Bhasha Samman were jointly announced on 5 December 2018.