Kuvempu – The Rashtrakavi of Karnataka
Kuvempu is a known name in the field of Kannada Literature who was a kannada write and a poet. The Real name of Kuvempu is Kuppali Venkatappagowda Puttappa. Kuvempu is his pen name. He was born on December 29, 1904 and lived until November 11 ,1994.
Rashtrakavi Kuvembu is the second among the Kannada poets to have been awarded as Rashtrakavi. Rashtrakavi Kuvenbu's famous work is Sri Ramayana Darshanam, the rewriting of the great ancient Indian epic Ramayana in modern Kannada
Rashtrakavi Kuvempu was also give the award of Padma Bhushan by Government of India for his great contributions given to India.
Early life of Kuvempu :
Birth place of Rashtrakavi Kuvempu is Hirekodige in Koppa taluk, of Chikkamagaluru district in Karnataka and brought up in Malenadu region of Tirthahalli, called Kuppali, of Shivamogga district. After the schooling of Rashtrakavi Kuvempu in Tirthahalli, Rashtrakavi Kuvempu left to Mysore for further education in Wesleyan high school. Rashtrakavi Kuvempu had is graduation in Maharaja College of Mysore and completed his graduation in the year 1929 majoring in Kannada.
Marriage Life of Rashtrakavi Kuvempu :
Marriage date of Rashtrakavi Kuvempu is 30 April 1937. Wife of Rashtrakavi Kuvempu is Hemavathi. Rashtrakavi Kuvempu had two sons and two daughters. K Poornachandra Tejaswi, Kokilodaya Chaitra, Indukala and Tharini..
Career of Rashtrakavi Kuvempu :
1929 = Rashtrakavi Kuvempu had his career started in the same college where he was graduated ie., Maharaja College of Mysore as Lecturer in 1929.
1936 = Rashtrakavi Kuvempu as an assistant professor in central college of Bangalore from 1936.
1946 = Rashtrakavi Kuvempu rejoined Maharaja college of Mysore in 1946 as a professor.
1955 = Rashtrakavi Kuvempu then went on to become a principal of Maharaja college in 1955.
2956 = Soon in 1956 Rashtrakavi Kuvempu was elected as the Vice-Chancellor of Mysore University where he served till retirement in 1960. He was the first graduate from Mysore University to rise to that position.
List of awards of Rashtrakavi Kuvempu
• Jnanpith Award - 1967
• Padma Bhushan - 1958
• Sahitya Academy award - 1955
• National Poet - 1964
• Pampa Award - 1988
• padma vibhushan- 1989
• Karnataka Ratna - 1992
List of Novels of Rashtrakavi Kuvempu
• Kaanuru Subbamma Heggadati (1936)
• Malegalalli madumagalu (1967)
Modern epic (Mahakavya)
• Sri Ramayana Darshanam, Volume-1 (1949), Volume-2 (1957)
List of Poems of Rashtrakavi Kuvempu
• Kolalu (1930)
• Panchajanya (1936)
• Navilu (1937)
• Kindarijogi Mattu Itara Kavanagalu (1938)
• Kogile Mattu Soviet Russia (1944)
• Shoodra Tapaswi (1946)
• Kavya Vihara (1946)
• Kinkini (1946)
• Agnihamsa (1946)
• Prema Kashmira (1946)
• Chandramanchake Baa Chakori (1954)
• Ikshugangotri (1957)
• Kabbigana kaibutti
• Kathana KavanagaLu
List of Plays of Rashtrakavi Kuvempu
• Birugaali (1930)
• Maharatri (1931)
• SmashaaNa kurukshetram (1931)
• Jalagaara (1931)
• Shoodra tapaswi (1944)
• Beralge koral (1947)
• Yamana solu
Autobiography of Rashtrakavi Kuvempu
• Nenapina Doniyali (1980)
Collection of stories of Rashtrakavi Kuvempu
• Malenadina Chitragalu (1933)
• Sanyaasi Mattu Itare KategaLu (1937)
• Nanna Devaru Mattu Itara Kategalu (1940)
Biography of Rashtrakavi Kuvempu
• Swami Vivekananda(1926)
• Sri Ramakrishna Paramahamsa(1934)
• Guruvinodane Devaredege
Stories for children by Rashtrakavi Kuvempu
• Bommanahalliya kindarijogi(1936)
• Mari vijnani(1947)
• Nanna mane(1947)
• Nanna gopaala
• Amalana kathe
Karnataka's anthem(naada geete)is adopted from one of Kuvempu's famous poem.