Kannada Poets

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• From the period of Adikavi Pampa.Introduction • Karnataka is the land that gave birth to seven Jnanapeeth award winners. who proclaimed his wish to be reborn as a little bee in the land of Kannada. 4 . Kannada poetry has come a long way to Kuvempu and Dattatreya Ramachandra Bendre. the highest honour bestowed for Indian literature.

Pre-history • Kannada poetry has been traced back to around 5th century A. 5 .E. • The earliest extant poetry in tripadi meter are the Kappe Arabhatta records of 700 C.D. though none of those early works have been found.

• With this and his other important work Adipurana he set a trend of poetic excellence for the Kannada poets of the future. • His Vikramarjuna Vijaya is hailed as a classic even to this day. 6 .• The first well known Kannada poet was Adikavi Pampa who wrote in an archaic style of kannada called Halegannada (literally "Old Kannada").

creed and religion. 7 . • More importantly. they hold a mirror to the seed of a social revolution. religious and economic conditions. were pithy comments on that period's social. which caused a radical re-examination of the ideas of caste.• Kannada poetry called vachanas.

These poems called Padas were usually of 10 to 20 lines.Bhakti • Kannada poets have the unique distinction of sowing the seeds of one of the richest forms of classical music: South Indian Carnatic music. The Dasas or saints. They expressed the desire of the Bhakta or devotee to be one with God. around 15th century. 8 . sang the glory of God through poems.

which are also popularly known Devaranamas 9 . love and bhakti in their Dasa Sahitya.Kanakadasa • The Haridasas spread the message of peace.

Kuvempu.Navodaya • Navodaya literally means a new birth. 10 . • This indeed was the reincarnation of Kannada poetry which was dormant for quite a few centuries in the face of British occupation of India. • This period saw greats like Srikanthaiah. Bendre. Shivaram Karanth writing poetry.

realised that they need to express themselves in their mother tongue and started writing poetry in Kannada. Srikanthaiah who started this movement of sorts with his translation of a few critically acclaimed English poems of the Romantic period. Many educated Kannadigas.• It was B. M. especially those were in the teaching profession. B .M SRIKANTHAIAH 11 .

• Kuvempu is a case in point who was convinced by his professor (of British origin) that he should write in his mother tongue. Kuvempu went on to become a Rashtrakavi (national poet). • His love of nature. realisation of the greatness of man's spirit and the vision to see the blend of nature and God made him more than Kannada's Wordsworth. 12 .

• Another interesting case is that of Shivaram Karanth who was a man of great intellect. rock-solid convictions and a profound social sense. 13 .

The Navya poets wrote for and liked disillusioned intellectuals.Navya (New) Indian Independence in 1947 brought with it the promises of freedom and a new genre sprouted in Kannada poetry. 14 Gopalakrishna Adiga . The torch-bearer of this tradition was Gopalakrishna Adiga .

• The atrocities against women and the general ill-treatment meted out to them in Indian society gave rise to the Stri (Woman) genre of poetry.Other genres • Kannada poetry in the last 50 years has been closely related to social aspects. 15 . • The cruel caste system gave rise to the Bandaya and Dalita genres of poetry.

Awards • Kannada poetry has won seven Jnanapeeth awards. • Sahitya Academy Awards are also given to Kannada for their eminent contributions to Kannada poetry. the highest for any other Indian language. 16 .

Jnanapeeth awardees 17 .

Kuppali Venkatappagowda Puttappa (Kuvempu) • Year = 1967 • Work = Sri Ramayana Darshanam 18 .

Dattatreya Ramachandra Bendre • Year = 1973 • Work = Nakutanti (Naku Thanthi) 19 .

Shivaram Karanth • Year =1977 • Work = Mookajjiya Kanasugalu 20 .K.

Maasti Venkatesh Ayengar • Year = 1983 • Work = Chikkaveera Rajendra 21 .

Gokak (Vinayaka Krishna Gokak) • Year = 1990 • Work = Bharatha Sindhu Rashmi 22 .V. K.

U. Ananthamurthy Kannada • Year = 1994 • work = his contribution to Kannada literature.R. 23 .

Girish Karnad • Year = 1998 • Work = "for his contributions to modern Indian drama” 24 .

List of other important Kannada poets • • • • • • Asaga Gopalakrishna Adiga Kappe Arabhatta Amoghavarsha Basava Chandrashekhara Kambara 25 .

Chittal Kanaka Dasa Purandara Dasa Dinakara Desai Subbanna Ekkundi 26 .• • • • • • • Chamarasa Chikkupadhyaya Gangadhar V.

• • • • • • • • Gangadevi M. Govinda Pai Janna Gourish Kaikini Jayant Kaikini Kayyara Kinyanna Rai Kumara Vyasa Akka Mahadevi 27 .

Murthy Rao Nagavarma I Nagavarma II Adikavi Pampa Sri Ponna Allama Prabhu Rajasekhara 28 . N.• • • • • • • A.

M. Srikantaiah T.• • • • • • • Ranna Rudrabhatta Sarvajna Shishunala Sharif B. Srikantaiah Tirumalamba 29 . N.

Narasimhaswamy •K. Nissar Ahmed •Shivakotiacharya •G. S.• Vyasatirtha • K. S. Shivarudrappa 30 . S.

Poet Sarvajna • A famous Kannada poet . 31 .Chennai in August 2009.his statue has been unveiled in Ayanavaram park.


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