Published on: October 9, 2021



What is in news :A book on life of Shivaram Karanth called “GROWING OF KARANTH” was recently released

About :

Kota Shivarama Karanth

  • Was born on October 1902 at Kota near Kundapura in the Udupi district
  • Was an Indian polymath, who was a novelist in Kannada language, playwright and an ecological conservationist.
  • Ramachandra Guha called him the “Rabindranath Tagore of Modern India, who has been one of the finest novelists-activists since independence
  • Was the third writer to be decorated with the Jnanpith Award for Kannada
  • Began writing in 1924 and soon published his first book, Rashtrageetha Sudhakara, a collection of poems.
  • First novel was Vichitrakoota.
  • Works like Nirbhagya Janma (“Unfortunate Birth”) and Sooleya Samsara (“Family of a Prostitute”) mirrored the pathetic conditions of the poor.
  • Magnum opus Devaddhootaru, a satire on contemporary India, was published in 1928
  • Was an intellectual and environmentalist who made notable contribution to the art and culture of Karnataka
  • Considered one of the most influential novelists in the Kannada language. His novels Marali Mannige, Bettada Jeeva, Alida Mele, Mookajjiya Kanasugalu, Mai Managala Suliyalli, Ade OOru Ade Mara, Shaneeshwarana Neralinalli, Kudiyara Koosu, Svapnada Hole, Sarsammana Samadhi, and Chomana Dudi are widely read and have received critical acclaim

Many of Karanth’s novels have been translated into other Indian languages. Marali Mannige got translated to English by Padma Ramachandra Sharma, has been conferred the State Sahitya Akademi award.