He was the first Kannada author who was given the Jnanpith award. kannada jnanpith award winners details in kannada language pdf. A commemorative postage stamp on the Gyanpith Award Winners: Kannada [ K. V. Puttappa (), D. R. Bendre (), V. K. Gokak (). List of Jnanpith Award Winners – India’s Highest Literary Award. by INSIGHTS for his contributions to Kannada literature. Oriya Literature.

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I was able to read the books on Kai books android app. A very useful app with ebooks in Kannada and from famous authors. Sharing the link below to the app. Karnataka has won the maximum number of awards till to date, With 36 years of history of this award Kannada bagged seven of them with an average of one in 5 years.

Even after present rule, jnapith a language gets kanjada award it is not eligible to get next three years. Kannada jnanpih, which one of the oldest, Indian languages is very much enriched by these icons, whose writings over a range of genres translated into several Indian languages and foreign languages, provide the Kannada world with their fabulous feast of writings.

Kuppalli Venkatappa Puttappa Kuvemputhe first ever inner of the Jnanpith award from Karnataka,was born on December 29,in Hirekodige and brought up in Kuppalli, both villages in Shimoga district. He came to Mysore for his school education and joined Maharaja’s College for his B. He got his M. He then became a professor and a principal, and retired as the Vice-chancellor of the University of Mysore.

He strode the world of modern Kannada literature like a colossus, starting a whole new school of thought in poetic tradition and bringing unprecedented glory to Kannada in the linguistic and literary sphere of India. His creativity took Kannada poetry to a new peak and immortalized him in the hearts and minds of generations of poets to come, and he brought a new sense of pride to the Kannada-speaking masses at large.

Kuvempu was highly prolific as a poet and produced over 30 major collections of poems in a period spanning five decades. But his creative intellect also expressed itself brilliantly in his various plays, novels and critiques. He also created significant children’s literature and translations.

Jnanpeeth Awardees from Karnataka

Honours and awards ‘sought’ Kuvempu unceasingly. He won the Central Sahitya Academy award in for his epic Ramayana Darshanamthe very first Pampa award in of Karnataka and of course, the ultimate recognition of literary work in India-the Jnanpith award-for his magnum opus Ramayana Darshanam in Having lived the life of a true Vishwa Manava-the world citizen conceived and propounded by him-for 9 aard decades, he passed away in Dattatreya Ramachandra Bendre, the second Jnanpith award recipient from Karnataka, was born on Jan 31,in Dharwad.

Having lost his father at a very young age, Bendre grew up under the guardianship of his uncle and completed his B. His poem Narabali Human Sacrifice got him 3 years’ imprisonment at the Hindalga jail, after which he remained unemployed for more than 5 years.

He then joined Masti’s monthly journal Jeevana as its honorary editor and went on to work in several more schools and colleges before joining the D. College of Sholapur as professor of Kannada. He remained in this position for 12 years till his superannuation at age But, even after retirement, he continued to work in several places and his was indeed a highly chequered career which exposed him to untold hardships in family life.

But, amidst it all, his poetic genius never failed to flower and in fact, his adversities proved to be wimners ever-lasting source of inspiration and philosophy for his wniners brand of poetry. Bendre composed close to 30 collections of poems, but also produced many memorable plays, short stories, critiques and kamnada, and he wrote in Marathi too.

Bendre’s outstanding contributions to literature were recognized in various forms and on various forums. Word wizard Bendre passed away on October 26,after playing a historical role in keeping the rich traditions of Kannada poetry alive for over winnsrs decades. Vaman Bendre, a renowned poet, critic and translator of Kannada and Marathi literature and son of D. Bendre, has authored a biography of his father titled Bendre Jeevana Parichaya.


He had his primary education in Kundapur and his college education at the Government College, Mangalore. Jbanpith vastness and variety of Karanth’s life and works defy any definition. Novels, short stories, plays, encyclopedias, translations, satires, travelogues, essays, biographies, awafd, works on folklore, art and sculpture, philosophy and science no sphere of knowledge and no form of literature was alien iin his creativity.

Indeed, none else could have deserved so briquettes such as “Mobile Encyclopedia” awar “Bhargava of the Coast” kannadx richly than Karanth. He shunned the beaten track and set his own path in an uncompromising pursuit of truth, based on constant experimentation and exploration. He believed in the plentitude of life and wanted people to experience every aspect of it and share such experiences with others.

This was why he did not find any branch of knowledge too big or too small per se, for his cultivation.

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In fact, he found these branches to winnesr different paths to explore the same truth, and was himself very familiar with every one of them. For Karanth, life was never different from writing and his rich life easily and effectively translated into equally rich literature.

Masti Venkatesha Iyengar, Karnataka’s fourth recipient of the prestigious Jnanpith award was one of the tradition-makers of Kannada literature. He was born on June 6,in Masti village of Kolar district.

By the sheer strength of his intelligence and industry, Masti built a distinguished academic career for himself, passing the MCS examination in and securing M. As a civil servant, he held various positions of high responsibility in different parts of Karnataka, before retiring voluntarily in His long and diverse career of 3 decades was marked by total dedication to public service and exceptional administrative ability. And his wealth of experience as a bureaucrat gave immense inspiration for his literary works.

His pseudonym Srinivasa is as popular as his native village Masti, in Kannada literary circles today. Masti, in fact, started composing stories right in his student days. His first published work ‘Kelavu Sanna Kathegalu’ became the first noted work in the history of modern Kannada short stories.

A master story-teller, Masti had a unique relationship with this genre of literature and was therefore aptly called the “Brahma of Kannada Stories”, “Forefather of Short Stories”. His works carry the best elements of literature in story form and with winnners inimitable kannaad, narrative style and richness of theme and realities, powerfully relate to kannafa readers.

His story Subbanna, based on the life of a musician is a good example of this and it has been translated into several Indian and foreign languages. Channabasava Nayaka and Chikkaveera Rajendra, both historical novels, are the best examples of the fertility of Masti’s literary gifts.

Masti also penned quite a number of poems on different philosophic, aesthetic and social themes which give us an insight into his versatile creative personality. He also composed and translated several important plays and authored several works in English, wrote biographies-including the 3-volume autobiography ‘Bhava’ and edited the monthly journal ‘Jeevana’ from – which was a memorable era in Kannada journalism.

In terms of quality, quantity, depth and diversity Masti’s works present a true challenge to any researcher.

He has written more than books in Kannada and more than 17 books in English, over a period of 7 decades, giving abundant inspiration to generations of literary talents in Kannada. Masti’s output naturally attracted fellowships, awards, doctorates, presidentships and honors and recognition in numerous other forms. The most notable of them on, of course, the Jnanpith award which came to him inin recognition of his historical novel Chikkaveera Rajendra as an important literary work of post-Independent India.

After leading an exemplary and complete life in which he succeeded in placing Kxnnada brilliantly on the literary atlas of India, Masti passed away in at the age of Vinayaka Krishna Gokak, the fifth person to win the Jnanpith award from Karnataka, was born on August 9, He had his primary and high school education in Savanur, got his B.

Inhe began his professional career as an Assistant Professor in Fergusson College, Pune and became the principal of D. Society’s Willington College, Sangli, after finishing his advanced studies with distinction, at Oxford, in But, soon he gave up his principalship following an incident that hurt his self-esteem, and the resultant unemployment set him on a path of serious introspection.


Inhe went to Rajasthan and set up a college in its desert region and inwith the reorganization of Indian states, his services in Rajasthan got transferred to the Government of Bombay and he became the principal of Karnataka College, Kolhapur, in He steadily grew in his academic career there on, and attained a peak with his appointment as the Vice-chancellor of the Bangalore University in The main phase of his literary career and his life itself began in when he was swayed by the magnetic force of the towering figure of Kannada poetry D.

Bendre, like many other young poets of his time. Seeing his knowledge of English literature, and his talents in English poetry, Bendre prophesied “if Gokak allows his talents to blossom in Kannada, his own poetry as well as Kannada will have a great future. The literary distinction of Gokak naturally attracted scores of awards and honors.

Of these, mention must be made of his Presidentship of the 40th Kannada Sahitya Sammelana inhonorary doctorates from the Karnataka University and the Pacific University winnesr the USA, the Central Sahitya Academy award for his ‘Dyava Prithivi’ and of course, the highest award for literary excellence in India-the Jnanpith award-for his monumental contributions to Kannada literature, in Gokak saw not only peaks of glory but also a peculiar complexity of happiness and sorrow at many turning points of his life, a complexity that became a characteristic mark of all unanpith works.

He passed away on April 28, He completed his graduation and Post-graduation from the University of Mysore in During the period from he served as the Reader in English awagd Mysore University. He has served as jnanptih visiting Professor at a number of foreign and Indian universities.

He was the President of the Sahitya Academy from to He has been the winner of a kanhada of awards both from the Government and also Winners for his invaluable contributions in different fields. Notable are the ‘Jnanapeeta Award won in and the Padma Bhushana in Besides these, adard other important awards are the Literary Distinction, awarded by the Government of Karnataka in He won the Masti Award in Literature in the year He is also the winner of the Ganakrishti Award for Literary distinction, Kolkatta for the year Besides these awards mentioned above he has been the winner of a number of awards from the, Karnataka Film Development Corporation for best stories like Samskara, Ghatashradda, Bara etc.

Since to this present day he has undertaken innumerable tours, attended thousands of Seminars and has given a number of lectures on various topics. His lectures were on varied topics such as on politics, culture, literature, Art and a number of other present day issues.

In Kannada Literature Mr. Murthy’s works can be classified into stories, poems, novels and essays. His poems like MithunaAjjana Hegala Sukkugalu15 PadyagaluEeevareginal Kavithegalu collected poemsEeevareginal Kavithegalu collected poems are famous.

Murthy’s contribution to English language is no way less compared to Kannada. Many of his works in Kannada have been translated to English by different authors. Girish Karnad, the seventh and latest Jnanpith award winner from Karnataka, was born in Maharashtra on May 19, He got his bachelor’s degree from the Karnataka University in and then proceeded on a fellowship to study at Oxford where he secured his M.

Karnad is internationally known as a playwright, but is also a highly talented film-maker, a versatile actor, an able cultural administrator, a noted communicator and a person of wide accomplishments and interests. Based on his serious explorations of folklore, mythology and history, the subject hnanpith his plays reflect the problems and challenges of contemporary life, and endeavor to forge a link between the past and the present.

The creative intellectual that he is, he obviously views the subjects of his plays from his own perspective, develops them in the crucible of his own imagination and personal experiences, and employs them as a medium to communicate his own-independent and original-feelings, thoughts and interpretations.

It was later staged, and became widely popular, across the world.

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