Kannada novelist and poet Kuppali Venkatappa Puttappa (better known as Kuvempu) is today’s Google Doodle, which commemorates his 113th birthday. He is considered as one of the greatest writers in the Kannada language.
His writings reflected the wonders of the natural world. May be this is the reason that when illustrator Upamanyu Bhattacharyya and letterer Swati Shelar were working on the doodle, they decided to portray him surrounded by nature.
Here are important facts about the great writer. Have a look..
* Kevempu published 25 collections of poetry, two novels, many story collections and about 10 plays.
* He is best remembered for his epics – Sri Ramayana Darshanam (in two volumes) and Chitrangada, his autobiography (Nenapina Doniyali)
* Born in 1904 in Kuppalli, Karnataka, he graduated from the Maharaja College of Mysore in 1929, having majored in Kannada.
* Kuvempu was the first Kannada writer to receive the Jnanpith Award for Sri Ramayana Darshanam and was the second Kannada poet to be named ‘rashtrakavi’ in 1958.
* He received many awards like-
- Padma Vibhushan (1988)
- Padma Bhushan (1958)
- Karnataka Ratna (1992).
* This great human took his last breath on November 1, 1994, at the age of 89.
* His Noted Poems
- Navilu Kindarijogi Mattu Itara Kavanagalu
- Prema Kashmira
- Valmikiya Bhagya
- Honna Hottare
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He was also a staunch supporter of gender equality, anti-casteism and anti-superstition. Kuvempu will always be remembered for his writings and his contribution to ‘Universal Humanism’.