Published on: December 30, 2021




Birth anniversary of Kuvempu recently celebrated


Kuppali Venkatappa Puttappa

  • 29 December 1904 – 11 November 1994
  • Born in the Chikmanglur district of Karnataka
  • Received early education in Shimoga and nearby districts and completed college education in Mysore.
  • Started his academic career as teacher of Kannada language in Mysore and Bengaluru. Became professor, and then principal of the Maharaja’s College in Mysore, his alma mater
  • Appointed as Vice Chancellor of Mysore University
  • First student of the Mysore university to become its Vice Chancellor.
  • First literary works were in English but then he shifted to his mother tongue Kannada.
  • A poetry collection called “Beginner’s Muse” was his first literary work in English. Achieved extraordinary distinction by his creative works comprising almost all the genres of modern Kannada literature.
  • Magnum opus is the Sri Ramayana Darshanam. It is based on Ramayana and led him to become a Sahitya Akademi and Jnanpith Award winner.
  • To promote research in Kannada, he founded the Kannada Adhyayana Samsthe (Institute of Kannada Studies) in the Mysore University. Today, it is known as Kuvempu Institute of Kannada Studies.