The noted industrialist, educationist, philanthropist and parliamentarian Dr. Krishna Kumar Birla had created the K.K. Birla Foundation during his lifetime in 1991.
Passionate about Indian art, education, culture and literature, K.K. Birla felt the need to recognize contributions made by authors and scholars in advancing the literary and cultural traditions of India.
Over the years, the K.K. Birla Foundation has instituted six Awards, four of which are given in recognition of literary excellence in all the major Indian languages while one for scientific research and one for philosophical writing.