Indian poetry and Indian literature in general, has a long history dating back to Vedic times. They were written in various Indian languages such as Vedic Sanskrit, Classical Sanskrit, Hindi, Oriya, Tamil,Telugu, Kannada, Bengali and Urdu. Poetry in foreign languages such as Persian and English also has a strong influence on Indian poetry. The poetry reflects diverse spiritual traditions within India. In particular, many Indian poets have been inspired by mystical experiences.Poetry is the oldest form of literature and has a rich written and oral tradition.
Forms of Indian poetry
- Assamese poetry
- Bengali poetry
- English Poetry in India
- Epic Poetry in India
- Gujarati poetry
- Hindi poetry
- Kannada poetry
- Kashmiri poetry
- Konkani poetry
- Maithili poetry
- Malayalam poetry
- Manipuri Bishnupriya poetry
- Marathi poetry
- Meitei poetry
- Nepali poetry
- Oriya poetry
- Punjabi poetry
- Rajasthani poetry
- Sanskrit Classical poetry
- Sindhi poetry
- Tamil poetry
- Telugu poetry
- Urdu poetry
Indian Poetry Awards
There are very few literary awards in India for poetry alone. The prestigious awards like Jnanapeeth, Sahitya Akademi and Kalidas Samman etc. are given away to writers of both prose and poetry. Most of the awards have gone to novelists. Few poets have received these awards.
The following poets have won the Jnanpith award for their poetry :- Firaq Gorakhpuri for his Gul-e-Naghma (1969),[Kavi Samrat Viswanatha Satyanarayana] for his Ramayana kalpa vruksham in telugu(1970)Amrita Pritam for her Kagaz te Kanvas (1981), Qurratulain Hyder for her Akhire Sab ke Humsafar Singireddi Narayana Reddi for his Viswambhara in telugu((1988)1989) and O. N. V. Kurup for his contribution to Malayalam poetry (2007).[Ravuri bhardwaaja] for his Paakuduraallu (telugu)(2012).
Ananda Puraskar and Rabindra Puraskar
Ananda Bazar Patrika have instituted the annual Ananda Puraskar for Bengali literature. There is also Rabindra Puraskar. But these awards have usually gone to novelists. The rare poets to have won these awards include Premendra Mitra for Sagar theke phera (1957), Buddhadeb Basu for Swagato Biday (1974), Aruna Mitra for Suddhu Rater Shabda (1979), Joy Goswami for Ghumeichho (1990), Srijato for Uranto Sab Joker (2004) and Pinaki Thakur for Chumbaner Kshato (2012).
Sahitya Akademi Awards
Sahitya Akademi gives away annual prizes for both original works of poetry in the recognised Indian languages, as well as outstanding works of translation of Indian poetry. The award winners for English poetry include Jayanta Mahapatra for Relationship (1981), Nissim Ezekiel for Latter-Day Psalms (1983), Keki N. Daruwalla for The Keeper of the Dead (1984), Kamala Das for Collected Poems (1985), Shiv K. Kumar for Trapfalls in the Sky (1987), Dom Moraes for Serendip (1994), A. K. Ramanujan for Collected Poems (1999) and Jeet Thayil for These Errors are Correct (1912). Recent Akademi awardees for poetry in other Indian languages include H. S. Shivaprakash (Kannada) and K. Satchidanandan (Malayalam). Other eminent Sahitya Akademi award-winning poets include Amrita Pritam (Punjabi) for Sunehe (1956), V. K. Gokak (Kannada) for Divya Prithvi (1960), G. Sankara Kurup (Malayalam) for Viswadarshanam (1963), Kusumagraj (Marathi) for Natsamrat (1974), Kaifi Azmi (Urdu) for Awara Sajde (1975), Sunil Gangopadhyay (Bengali) for Sei Somoy (1984), Kanhaiyalal Sethia (Rajasthani) for Lilatamsa (1984), Hiren Bhattacharyya (Assamese) for Saichor Pathar Manuh (1992), Gunturu Seshendra Sarma (Telugu) for Kaala Rekha (1994), Srinivas Rath (Sanskrit) for Tadaiva Gaganam Shaivadhara (1999) and Pratibha Satpathy (Oriya) for Tanmaya Dhuli (2001). Sahitya Akademi Awards in telugu 1955 Suravaram Pratap Reddy Andhrula Sanghika Charitamu (Social History) 1956 Bulusu Venkateswarulu Bharatiya Tattva Sastramu (Translation of Dr. Radhakrishnan's History of Indian Philosophy) 1957 Chariantanananda Swami Sri Ramakrishnuni Jeevita Charitra (Biography) 1960 Ponangi Srirama Apparavu Natyasastramu (A History of Bharata's Natyasastra) 1961 Balantrapu Rajanikanta Rao Andhra Vaggeyakara Charitramu (A History of Telugu composers and songwriters) 1962 Vishwanatha Satyanarayana Viswanadha Madhyakkarulu (Poetry) 1963 T. Gopichand Panditha Parameshwara Sastry Veelunama (Novel) 1964 Gurram Joshua Kreestu Charitra (Poetry) 1965 Acharya Rayaprolu Subbarao Misra Manjari (Poetry) 1969 Thummala Seetharamamurthy Mahatma Katha (Poetry) 1970 D. Balagangadhar Tilak Amrutham Kurisina Rathri (Poetry) 1971 Thapi Dharma Rao Vijayavilasamu: Hrudayollasavyakhya (Commentary) 1972 Srirangam Srinivasarao Sri Sri Sahityamu (Poetry) 1973 C. Narayana Reddy Mantalu Manavudu (Poetry) 1974 Dasaradhi Thimiram Tho Samaram (Poetry) 1975 Boyi Bhimanna Gudiselu Kalipotunnai (Poetry) 1977 Kundurti Anjaneyulu Kundurti Kritulu (Poetry) 1978 Devulapalli Venkata Krishna Sastry Collected Works of Krishna Sastri (6 vols.) 1979 P. Narayanacharya Janapriya Ramayanamu (Poetry) 1980 Kasi Viswanath Silukoti Oka Deepam Veligindi (Play) 1981 V. R. Narla Seeta Josyam (Play) 1982 I. Saraswati Devi Swarna Kamalaalu (Short stories) 1983 Ravuri Bharadwaja Jeevana Samaram (Sketches) 1984 Aluri Bairagi Aagama Geeti (Poetry) 1985 Palagummi Padmaraju Gaalivana (Short stories) 1986 G.V. Subramanyam Andhra Sahitya Vimarsa Angla Prabhavam (Literary criticism) 1987 Arudra Gurazada Gurupeetham (Essays) 1988 Rachamallu Ramachandra Reddi Anuvaada Samasyalu (Criticism) 1989 S. V. Joga Rao Manipravalamu (Essays) 1990 K. Siva Reddy Mohana-o-Mohana (Poetry) 1991 Bhamidipati Ramagopalam Itlu, Mee Vidheyudu (Short stories) 1992 Malati Chandur Hrudaya Netri (Novel) 1993 Madhuranthakam Rajaram Madhuranthakam Rajaram Kathalu (Short stories) 1994 Gunturu Seshendra Sharma Kala Rekha (Criticism) 1995 Kalipatnam Rama Rao Yajnam To Tommidi (Short stories) 1996 Ketu Viswanatha Reddy Kethu Vishwanatha Reddy Kathalu (Short stories) 1997 Penumarthi Viswanatha Sastri (Ajanta) Swapna Lipi (Poetry) 1998 Balivada Kantha Rao Balivada Kantha Rao Kathalu (Short stories) 1999 Vallampati Venkata Subbaiah Katha Silpam (Essays) 2000 N. Gopi Kalanni Nidra Ponivvanu (Poetry) 2001 Tirumala Ramachandra Hampi Nunchi Harappa Daka (Autobiography) 2002 Chekuri Ramarao Smrti Kinankam (Essays) 2003 Utpala Satyanarayanacharya Sri Krishna Chandrodayamu (Poetry) 2004 Ampasayya Naveen Kala Rekhalu (Novel) 2005 Abburi Chayadevi Tana Margam (Short Stories) 2006 Munipalle Raju Astitvanadam Aavali Teerana (Short Stories) 2007 Gadiyaram Ramakrishna Sarma Satapatramu (Autobiography) 2008 Chitiprolu Krishna Murthy Purushottamudu (Poetry) 2009 Yarlagadda Laxmi Prasad Draupadi (Novel) 2010 Syed Saleem Kaluthunna Poolathota (Novel) 2011 Samala Sadasiva Swaralayalu (Essays) 2012 Peddibhotla Subbaramaiah Peddibhotla Subbaramaiah Kathalu Vol-1 (Short Stories) 2013 Katyayani Vidmahe Sahityaakasamlo Sagam (Essays) 2014 Rachapalem Chandrasekhara Reddy Mana Navalalu - Mana Kathanikalu (literary criticism) 2015 Volga Telugu Writer Vimuktha (Short Stories) 2016 Dr. Papineni Sivasankar Rajanigandha (Poetry)
Indian Literature Golden Jubilee Poetry Awards
On the occasion of its Golden Jubilee, Sahitya Akademi awarded the following prizes for outstanding works of poetry in translation from Indian languages.
- Rana Nayar for his translation of the verses of the Sikh saint Baba Farid from Punjabi.
- Paromita Das for English translation of Parvati Prasad Baruwa's poems in Assamese.
All India Poetry Champions
The Poetry Society (India) gives annual awards solely for poetry. Following poets have won the annual prizes instituted by the Poetry Society (India) in collaboration with British Council and Ministry of Human Resource Development (India) ;-
- 1988 : Vijay Nambisan for "Madras Central"
- 1990 : Rukmini Bhaya Nair for "Kali"
- 1991 : Rajlukshmee Debee Bhattacharya for "Punarnava"
- 1993 : Shampa Sinha for "Siesta", and Tarun Cherian for "A Writer's Prayer"
- 1994 : Anju Makhija for "A Farmer's Ghost", and Smita Agarwal for "Our Foster Nurse of Nature is Repose"
- 1995 : Tabish Khair for "Birds of North Europe", and Gopi Krishnan Kottoor for "The Coffin Maker"
- 1997 : Ranjit Hoskote for "Portrait of a Lady", and Gopi Krishnan Kottoor for "Digging"
- 1998 : K. Sri Lata for "In Santa Cruz, Diagnosed Home Sick"
- 2000 : Shahnaz Habib for "Of Hypocrisy and Cheekbones", and Revathy Gopal for "I Would Know You Anywhere"
- 2013 : Mathew John for "Another Letter from Another Father to Another Son".
Western thinkers and poets interested in Indian poetry
In the 19th century, American Transcendentalist writers and many German Romantic writers became interested in Indian poetry, literature and thought. In the 20th century, few Western poets became interested in Indian thought and literature, and the interest of many of those was minor: T. S. Eliot studied Sanskrit at Harvard, but later lost interest. Buddhism brought Allen Ginsberg and Gary Snyder to India, but they became more interested in Tibetan and Japanese forms of the religion. Mexican poet and writer Octavio Paz developed a strong, lasting interest in Indian poetry after living in the country as part of the Mexican diplomatic mission (and as ambassador in the 1960s). Paz married an Indian woman, translated Sanskrit kavyas, and wrote extensively about India. The Australian poet as listed in the database shows interested in Indian thought and literature and as such has written many poems on Indian themes: Indian mythology;classical Sanskrit plays; Indian philosophy;Indian folktales and translated Sanskrit poetry. Some of these works are: ;;;;;;;.