Published on: January 11, 2022



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Heiloo Kannada writer and activist Chandrashekhar Patil, popular as Champa, passed away.


  • Indian poet, playwright and public intellectual writing in Kannada
  • Considered one of the foremost voices of the progressive literary Bandaya movement
  • Retired as professor of English from Karnataka University
  • Served as the President of Kannada Sahitya Parishat and as the Chairman of Kannada Development Authority
  • Was the recipient of Pampa Award, the highest literary honour of the state in 2011. He returned the award in 2015 protesting against the assassination of M.M. Kalburgi, writer
  • Started a magazine ‘Sankrama’ along with Giraddi Govindaraj and Siddalinga Pattanashetti