Kuppali Venkatappa Puttappa

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Kuppali Venkatappa Puttappa

Born: 29 December 1904

Died: 11 November 1994

  • He popularly known by his pen name Kuvempu  was an Indian novelist, poet, playwright, critic and thinker.
  • He is widely regarded as the greatest Kannada poet of the 20th century.
  • He is the first among Kannada writers to be by decorated with the Jnanpith Award.
  • He studied at Mysuru University in the 1920s, taught there for nearly three decades and served as its vice-chancellor from 1956 to 1960.
  • He initiated education in Kannada as the language medium.
  • For his contributions to Kannada Literature, the Government of Karnataka decorated him with the honorific Rashtrakavi (“National Poet”) in 1958 and Karnataka Ratna (“The Gem of Karnataka”) in 1992.
  • His epic narrative Sri Ramayana Darshanam, a modern rendition of the Indian Hindu epic Ramayana is regarded as the revival of the era of Mahakavya (“Great Epic Poetry”) in contemporary form and charm.
  • His writings and his contribution to “Universal Humanism” (in his own words, “Vishwamaanavata Vaada”) gives him a unique place in modern Indian literature.
  • He was conferred the Padma Vibhushan by the Government of India in 1988.
  • He penned the Karnataka State Anthem Jaya Bharata Jananiya Tanujate.

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