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July 30, 2007 Posted by | BHATKAL taluk, KAVIGALU | 1 Comment

Jnanpeeth Award winners for KANNADA


Jnanpeeth Award winners


Kavishaila Kuppalli


Kuppalli Venkatappa Puttappa (Kuvempu) was born on December 29, 1904, in Hirekodige in Shimoga district of Karnataka. He had his education in Mysore and obtained his M.A. in Kannada in 1929 and started his career as a lecturer at Maharaja’s College. He went on to become a professor and a principal, and retired as the Vice-Chancellor of Mysore University.

Kuvempu was a prolific and versatile writer and produced over 30 collection of poems, and several plays, novels and critiques. He also wrote many children’s books and did translations. He became a major voice in Kannada literature starting a whole new genre of poetic tradition and generated a sense of pride among his people. His creative works gave a distinct identity and stature to Kannada language.

He chaired the 1957 Kannada Sahitya Sammelana at Dharwad and was conferred D.Litt. by the Universities of Mysore, Karnatak, Bangalore and Gulbarga. While the Government of Mysore decorated him with Rashtrakavi title, Government of India conferred on him Padmavibhushan. He won the Central Sahitya Akademi award for his epic Ramayana Darshanam in 1955 that also got him the prestigious Jnanpeeth Award in 1969, making him the first Kannada litterateur to be so honoured. He was recipient of the first Pampa Award instituted by Government of Karnataka in 1988.

Kuvempu passed away in 1994 at the ripe age of 90, having left behind an unprecedent legacy in Kannada literature.


Dattatraya Ramachandra Bendre


Dattatreya Ramachandra Bendre was born on January 31, 1896, in Dharwad in Karnataka. He lost his father early in life and was brought up by his uncle. He graduated from the Ferguson College, Pune, and after obtaining his M.A. degree started his teaching career in schools. His was jailed for three years for his poem Narabali (human sacrifice) that also seriously affected his working life. After more than five years of unemployment he joined Masti’s monthly journal Jeevana as its honorary editor. After serving in a few institutions, he finally joined DAV College at Sholapur as a professor of Kannada and retired from there after 12 years. He continued to struggle in life and worked even after retirement. But amidst all this untold hardships, his creative genius never failed him and he produced highly memorable works of poetry.

Bendre composed around 30 collections of poems and several plays, short stories, critiques and translations. He wrote in Marathi too. He was elected President of the 27th Kannada Sahitya Sammelana at Shimoga in 1943. He was awarded honorary doctorate by Universities of Mysore and Karnatak. Elected Fellow of the Central Sahitya Akademi in 1969, he was honoured with the Akademi’s award for his Aralu Maralu. Jnanpeeth award was bestowed on him in 1974 for his anthology of poems Naku Thanthi.

Bendre passed away on October 26, 1986 at the age of 90, like Kuvempu.

Shivaram Karanth

Shivarama Karanth


Kota Shivaram Karanth was born on October 10, 1902 at Kota in Dakshina Kannada district of Karnataka. He graduated from the Government College, Mangalore. The repertoire of Karanth’s writings is astounding. Novels, short stories, plays, encyclopaedias, translations, satires, travelogues, essays, biographies, critiques, art and culture, philosophy and science…nothing was untouched by his probing mind. None else could have deserved sobriquets like ‘Mobile Encyclopaedia’ better than him.

He was guided by philosophy of fullness of life and believed in experiencing and sharing every aspect of it. This was why he did not find any area of knowledge too big or too small to be explored. He pursued truth uncompromisingly through all branches of knowledge by study and experimentation. He believed in sharing and translated his vast knowledge into copious and rich literature. Inspired by Gandhi, he worked for the spread of knowledge and social awareness amongst the people. His concern for social justice was well known all over India due to his legal battles over environmental issues.

He was bestowed the prestigious Jnanpeeth Award in 1977, the third Kannadiga to be so honoured. He lived up to ripe old age of 95 and died in 1997.

Masti Venkatesha Iyengar

MAASTI Venkatesha Iyengar Community
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Masti Venkatesha Iyengar was born on June 6, 1891, at Masti in Kolar district of Karnataka. After a distinguished academic career he obtained his MA degree in 1914. Inducted into civil service, he held various positions of high responsibility in different parts of Karnataka. His broad administrative experience gave immense inspiration for his literary works.

His Kelavu Sanna Kathegalu became the first noted work in the history of modern Kannada short stories. A master in this genre, he earned the sobriquet ‘Brahma of Kannada stories.’ He had inimitable language, narrative style and richness of theme in his works. Masti also penned a number of poems on different philosophic, aesthetic and social themes, which reflect his versatile creativity. He also composed and translated several important plays and authored many works in English. He edited the monthly journal Jeevana from 1944-1965.

A prolific writer, Masti produced more than 120 books in Kannada and more than 17 books in English, over a period of seven decades, giving abundant inspiration to generations of literary scholars in Kannada. He was bestowed with several fellowships, awards, doctorates, presidentships and honours. The most notable of these is the Jnanpeeth Award conferred on him in 1983 for his historical novel Chikkaveera Rajendra.

He passed away in 1986 at the age of 95.

V K Gokak

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Vinayaka Krishna Gokak was born on August 9, 1909. After his early education at Savanur, he went on to obtain his BA and MA degrees. He started his professional career in 1933 as an Asst Professor in Ferguson College, Pune, and became the principal of Willington College, Sangli, after finishing his advanced studies at Oxford. However, he soon gave up the principalship when his self-respect was offended, and later started a college in the desert region of Rajasthan in 1946. He moved to the Government of Bombay with reorganization of Indian states in 1949. He became principal of Karnataka College, Kolhapur, in 1952 and steadily rose thereafter to finally assume the position of Vice Chancellor of Bangalore University in 1966.

Gokak came under the influence of D R Bendre who predicted a great future for him if he were to allow his talents to blossom in Kannada. Gokak embarked upon a unique career in Kannada literature and made outstanding contributions to poetry, drama, criticism and various other forms of literature. He also produced scholarly works in English. His chequered life saw its reflection in his writings. He was President of the 40th Kannada Sahitya Sammelana in 1958 and received honorary doctorates from Karnatak University and the Pacific University of USA. He was honoured with the Central Sahitya Akademi Award for his Dyava Prithvi in 1961 and conferred with the Jnanpeeth award in 1990 for his monumental contributions.

He passed away on April 28, 1992, aged 82.


U R Ananthamurthy was born in 1932 in the village of Melige in Karnataka. He attended a traditional Sanskrit school there and grew up as a Gandhian socialist. Later he studied English and comparative literature in Mysore and Birmingham, where he received his Ph D in 1966. He was professor of English literature at Mysore University for several years and became Vice chancellor of Mahatma Gandhi University in Kottayam, Kerala. He served as chairman of National Book Trust and president of Sahitya Akademi, New Delhi. Many guest professorships led him to Europe and the USA.

Is one of the most important representatives of the Navya movement in Kannada literature and amongst the most eminent Indian authors. In his writings, the central themes have been the caste system, religious rules and traditions; and he has examined the relationship between the old and new cultural value systems. His most significant novel is Samskara published in 1966. The filming of the novel in 1970 started a new wave of author films in India. His Bharatipura (1973) also deals with the struggle of lower castes for social upliftment and the resistance of upper castes for this.

A prolific writer, Ananthamurthy has published several novels, plays, short stories, poems and essays in Kannada. He also has to his credit many pieces of literature in English. His works have been translated in several Indian and European languages. He was conferred with the Jnanpeeth Award in 1994, the sixth one from Kannada literature.

Girish Karnad

Girish Karnad was born on May 19, 1938 in Maharashtra. He graduated from the Karnatak University in 1958 and then proceeded on a fellowship to Oxford where he obtained his MA degree in 1963. An internationally acclaimed playwright, his fame also rests on his being a talented film-maker and actor, an able cultural administrator, a noted communicator and a person of multifarious interests.

His highly successful plays are based on folklore, mythology and history. He examines challenges of contemporary life and tries to establish relationship between the past and present. Karnad’s play Hayavadana won the Central Sangeet Natak Akademi award and the Kamaladevi Chattopadhyaya award in 1978. His play Nagamandala became very popular in the USA and across the world. Some of his other works are Yayati, Tughalak, Anjumallige, Hittina Hunja, Taledanda, Agni mathu male and Tippuvina Kannasugalu. He has translated his plays into English. They have also been translated into many Indian and foreign languages. He was awarded the Jnanpeeth Award in 1998 for his immense contributions as a playwright.

Karnad has been associated as director, actor and screenplay writer with several successful Kannada films like Samskara, Vamsa Vriksha, Kadu and Kanooru Heggadithi. The first two have won several state and national awards. He has featured in many Hindi movies as well. He has made several documentaries and tele-serials. He served as director of Film and Television Institute of India, Pune and chairman of the Central Sangeeth Natak Akademi and the National Academy of Performing Arts. He was a visiting professor at the University of Chicago in 1987-88 and has spoken at many national and international forums on social and cultural issues.

July 22, 2007 Posted by | BHATKAL taluk, KAVIGALU | 30 Comments