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  1. 1. Jnanapeetha Award Winners from Karnataka Compiled by: Youth Members Kasturi Kannada Sangha Cleveland, Ohio
  2. 2. History of the Jnanapeetha Award • Instituted in 1961, it is one of the 2 most prestigious literary awards in India • Awarded by the Bharatiya Jnanapith, a trust of Sahu Jain family (publishers of Times of India) • Until 1982: awarded for a single work by author; since then, given for lifetime contribution • 8 awardees in Kannada so far – 9 in Hindi; 5 in Bengali & Malayalam; 4 in Urdu; 3 in Gujarati, Oriya, Marathi; 2 in Assamese, Tamil, Telugu
  3. 3. Jnanapeetha Awards in Kannada • 1967: KuVemPu • 1973: Da Raa Bendre • 1977: K Shivarama Karanth • 1983: Masti Venkatesha Iyengar • 1990: V K Gokak • 1994: U R Ananthamurthy • 1998: Girish Karnad • 2010: Chandrashekhara Kambaara
  4. 4. KuVemPu • Full Name: Kuppali Venkatappagowda Puttappa • Born: December 29, 1904 (Hirekodige, Chikmagalur district, Karnataka) • Died: November 11, 1994 (Mysore, Karnataka) • Education: – Homeschooled for elementary education – Anglo Vernacular school in Tirthahalli for middle school – Finished high school at Wesleyan High School, Mysore – Graduated from Mysore University in 1929, majoring in Kannada.
  5. 5. KuVemPu: Contributions • Occupations: – He was a writer, poet, musical composer – Taught Kannada at the Central College in Bangalore – Vice- Chancellor at Mysore University until he retired in 1960 • Literary Contributions: – Novels: Kaanuru Subbamma Heggadati, Malegalalli Madumagalu – Modern epic (Mahakavya): Shri Ramayana Darshanam – He also wrote many plays, stories for children, collections of poems, biographies, literary criticisms. – Wrote Karnataka state anthem: Jai Bharatha Jananiya Thanujate
  6. 6. KuVemPu: Awards • Jnanapeetha Award: for Shri Ramayana Darshanam (1967) • Padma Bhushan • Sahitya Academy Award • Rashtrakavi (national poet) • Padma Vibhushan • Karnataka Ratna
  7. 7. Da Raa Bendre • Full Name: Dattatreya Ramachandra Bendre – Wrote under the pen name ”Ambikatanayadatta” • Born: January 31, 1896 (Dharwad, Karnataka) • Died: October 21, 1981 (Mumbai, Maharashtra) • Education: – Primary and secondary education in Dharwad – Bachelor’s degree from Ferguson College, Pune (Poona) – Later obtained Master of Arts
  8. 8. Da Raa Bendre: Contributions • Occupations: – Poet and writer: praised as “Varakavi” (gifted poet) – Briefly taught at Victoria High School, Dharwad – Advisor, All India Radio, Dharwad station • Literary Contributions: – Poetry collections: Uyyale, Nadaleele, Meghadoota, Aralu Maralu, Mugilamallige, Naku Tanti, Mate Shravana Bantu, Kuniyonu Baa – Plays-Tirukara Pidugu, Nageya Hoge, Hucchatagalu, Ambikatanayadatta Nataka Samputa – Katha Sankalana (collection of stories): Nirabharanasundari
  9. 9. Da Raa Bendre (awards) • Jnanapeetha Award: for Naku Tanti (1973) • Padma Shri • Sahitya Academy Award • Kelkar prize
  10. 10. K. Shivarama Karanth • Born: October 10, 1902 (village of Kota, Udupi district, Karnataka) • Died: December 9, 1997 (Kasturba Medical College hospital, Manipal) • Education: – Finished his primary schooling in the town of Kundapura – Completed college level education at Government College, Mangalore – College education was interrupted by participation in India’s independence movement (influenced by Gandhi’s principles)
  11. 11. K. Shivaram Karanth (Contributions) • Occupations: – Kannada writer and intellectual – Social activist and environmentalist – Yakshagana researcher and artist, film maker • Literary Contributions: – He wrote a total of 417 books (47 novels, 31 plays, 13 books on art and history, and many children’s books) – Considered one of the greatest Kannada novelists – Major works: Marali Mannige, Bettada Jeeva, Alida Mele, Maimanagala Suliyalli, Mookajjiya Kanasugalu, Chomana Dudi, Kudiyara Koosu
  12. 12. K. Shivarama Karanth (awards) • Jnanapeetha award: for Mookajjiya Kanasugalu (1977) • Padma Bhushan – He returned this in protest against imposition of Emergency rule by Indira Gandhi • Sahitya Academy award • Pampa award • Swedish academy award • Tulsi Samman
  13. 13. Masti Venkatesha Iyengar • Born: June 8, 1891 (Hongenahalli , Kolar district , Karnataka) • Died: June 7, 1986 (close to 95th birthday; Bangalore) • Pen names: – Srinivasa, Masti • Education: – Began primary education in the village of Hongenahalli – Continued studies in various places including Yalandoor, Shivarapattana and Mysore. – Graduated from Madras University in 1914 (MA in English Literature)
  14. 14. Masti Venkatesha Iyengar (Contributions) • Occupations: • Teacher, author • Member of the Mysore Civil Service (retired as District Commissioner in 1943) • Literary Contributions: – Wrote over 120 books in Kannada and 17 books in English over a span of 70 years – Epic: Shri Rama Pattabhisheka (coronation of Lord Rama) – Novels: Chikaveera Ranjendra, Channabasava Nayaka – Collection of stories: Kelavu Sanna Kathegalu – Plays: Kakanakote
  15. 15. Masti Venkatesha Iyengar (awards) • Jnanapeetha Award: for Chikaveera Rajendra (1983) • Hailed as the father (Brahma) of Kannada short stories • “Masti Kannadada Asti” (Masti is Kannada’s treasure) • “Rajkasevasakta” by the Maharaja of Mysore, Krishnaraja Wodeyar IV
  16. 16. V. K. Gokak • Full Name: Vinayaka Krishna Gokak • Born: August 9, 1909 (Savanur, Haveri district, Karnataka) • Died: April 28, 1992 (Bengaluru, Karnataka) • Education: – Primary and high school education in Savanur, Karnataka – He obtained his B.A. (1929) and M.A. (1931) at Karnatak College, Dharwar (he later became principal here)
  17. 17. V. K. Gokak (continued) • Occupations: • Professor of English at Oxford University • Was head of many elite colleges and universities in India • Literary Contributions: – Heavily influenced by the work of Da Raa Bendre. – Epic: Bharatha Sindhu Rashmi (possibly the longest epic written in any language in the 20th century) – Novel: Samarasave Jeevana – Poetry collections: Urnanaabha, Abhyudaya, Baaladeguladalli, Dhyava Prithvi, Samudra Geethegalu
  18. 18. V. K. Gokak (awards & influences) • Jnanapeetha Award: for Bharatha Sindhu Rashmi (1990) • Padmashree Award (for Dhyava Prithvi) • Gokak agitation: Report by the Karnataka govt. committee headed by VK Gokak led to a successful agitation for Kannada language rights in schools and administration
  19. 19. U. R. Ananthamurthy • Full Name: Udupi Rajagopalacharya Ananthamurthy • Born: December 21, 1932 (Melige, Tirthahalli Taluk, Shimoga District, Karnataka) • Education: – Began education in a traditional Sanskrit school in Durvasapura, continued in Thirthahalli – Master of Arts, University of Mysore – Doctorate from University of Birmingham (1966)
  20. 20. U. R. Ananthamurthy (Contributions) • Occupations: • Started as Professor of English, Kottayam, Kerala • Widely traveled all over the world as visiting professor • Kannada writer, critic and political activist • Literary Contributions: – Short stories: Ghata Shraddha, Endendhigu Mugiyada Kathe – Novels: Samskaara, Bhava, Bharathi Pura, Avasthe, – Play (Avahane), poetry collections , literary criticisms and essays in Kannada; several pieces on literature in English
  21. 21. U.R.Ananthamurthy (awards) • Jnanapeetha award: for his contributions to Kannada literature (1994) • Rajyothsava Award • Padma Bhushan • The Hindu Literary Prize • DSC Prize for South Asian Literature
  22. 22. Girish Karnad • Born: May 19, 1938 (Matheran, Maharashtra) • Education: – Initial schooling was in Sirsi, Karnataka – BA (Math & Stats), Karnataka Arts College, Dharwad, 1958 – MA (Philosophy, Politics & Economics), Oxford Univ, 1963 • Occupations: – Oxford Univ Press (1963-70) & Univ of Chicago (1987-88) – Most famous as a Playwright – Movie actor and director
  23. 23. Girish Karnad (Contributions) • Literary Contributions: – Plays: Yayati, Tughlaq, Hayavadana, Nagamandala, Agni Mattu Male, Maa Nishaada, Bali, Tippuvina Kanasugalu, Odakalu Bimba • Movie Director: – Vamsha Vriksha, Tabbaliyu Neenade Magane, Ondanondu Kaladalli, Kaadu, Kanooru Heggadithi • Movie Actor: – Samskaara, Vamsha Vriksha, Nishaant, Manthan, Anveshane
  24. 24. Girish Karnad (awards) • Jnanapeetha Award: for his contributions to Kannada literature and theater (1998) • Sangeet Natak Akademi Award • Sahitya Academy Award • Padma Shri, Padma Bhushan • Kalidas Samman • Rajyotsava Award • 9 National Film Awards • 3 Filmfare Awards
  25. 25. Chandrashekhara Kambaara • Born: – January 2, 1937 (Ghodageri, Belagavi district, Karnataka) • Education: – Initial schooling in Gokak; then at Lingaraj College, Belagavi – PhD at Karnatak University, Dharwad (folk theater of North Karnataka) • Career: – Brief stint of teaching at University of Chicago – Taught at Bangalore University for over 2 decades – Founder Vice-Chancellor of Kannada University, Hampi – Poet, playwright (uses North Karnataka dialect of Kannada)
  26. 26. Chandrashekhara Kambaara (Contributions) • Poetry compilations: – Takaraarinavaru, Saavirada Neralu, Chakori • Plays: – Rishyashringa, Jokumaraswamy, Sirisampige, Kaadu Kudure, Chalesha, Jaisidanayaka, Harakeya Kuri • Novels & stories: – Karimaayi, Singaarevva Matthu Aramane, Shikhara Soorya
  27. 27. Chandrashekhara Kambaara (awards) • Jnanapeetha Award: for his contributions to Kannada literature (2010) • Padma Shri • Sahitya Academy Award • Sangeet Natak Akademi Award • Tagore Literature Award • National Film Award (title song of film Kaadu Kudure) • Kalidas Samman • Kabir Samman • Pampa Award
  28. 28. Youth Contributors • Contributors of articles: – Maanasa Humchadkatte – Prajwal Sharma – Amala Uli – Rohan Achar – Esha Vartak – Kshama Girish – Nayan Rao • Editors: – Nayan Rao – Amala Uli

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