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Updated: December 24, 2013 02:42 IST

G.S. Shivarudrappa, Kannada poet, passes away

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Rashtrakavi G.S. Shivarudrappa .
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Rashtrakavi G.S. Shivarudrappa .

Distinguished Kannada poet, writer and researcher G.S. Shivarudrappa (87), popularly known as Prof. GSS, passed away at his residence at Banashankari here on Monday.

The writer, who was awarded the title of Rashtrakavi by the Karnataka government in 2006, was ailing for some time.

The government has declared a public holiday on Tuesday in his honour.

Several political leaders, including Chief Minister Siddaramaiah, and literary personalities paid their last respects to Prof. Shivarudrappa.

He was the third Kannada poet to be honoured with the prestigious title of “Rashtrakavi,” after Manjeshwara Govinda Pai and his mentor and guide Kuvempu (K.V. Puttappa). Prof. Shivarudrappa was known for his writings that offered a fine combination of artistry and social commitment. Between 1951 (when his first collection ‘Samagana’ came out) and 1999 (when his last collection ‘Vykatamadhya’ was published) he authored 13 collections of poems. The Karnataka government honoured him with Pampa Prashasti for the year 1996 in recognition of his excellence as a poet.

Both Bangalore and Kuvempu universities honoured him by conferring an honorary doctorate.

Prof. Shivarudrappa was born in Shikaripur of Shimoga district on February 7, 1926. He was a student and follower of Kuvempu and was inspired by his literary works and life. He received the Central Sahitya Akademi Award in 1984 for his literary contribution. He has to his credit several awards, including the Karnataka State Sahitya Academy and Soviet Land Nehru Award.

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GSS Sir is no more with us, but we will never ever forget him, as his writings will be reminding him to us forever. Immortal Poems.

I am bit sad to note that Govt declared holiday. I am sure, GSS sir would have opposed such meaningless gesture by government, putting common public into trouble and losing the productivity of the nation. How many of the Govt employees and students went home to read the poems written by GSS sir and how many went to movie theaters? Govt should Stop these meaningless gestures and find a way to respect the great life led by these Great Spirits.

We should have a national discussion to come up with a new way to respect the wonderful and truly majestic persons life in a proper way.

I welcome everyone's comments on this.

from:  Abimanyu
Posted on: Dec 25, 2013 at 07:01 IST

Salutes to the great poet of karnataka

from:  Shashidhar Naganur
Posted on: Dec 24, 2013 at 21:49 IST

When i came to know that GSS sir is no more, tears started rolling out from the eyes. For the heart touching poems given to us by GSS sir can not be explained in words. The tears which rolled from eyes is the only thing i can offer as "guru kaanike" to our beloved master "GSS Sir". Kindly accept it sir.

Posted on: Dec 24, 2013 at 18:42 IST

Such great people have made Karnataka a great state . Kannadigas have to learn from such eminent people and adopt in their life . I feel proud to be a Kannadiga.

from:  shivashankar hn
Posted on: Dec 24, 2013 at 15:42 IST

I can not comment on him because he is like a MOUNTAIN and i am like a small stone

from:  Ganesh Babu
Posted on: Dec 24, 2013 at 12:43 IST

there is no words to say about G S Shivarudrappa i realy like him so much but today he is not here his body only going but his soul always with us only i would like to say NIMMA ATHMAKKE SHANTHI SIGALI

from:  Asha S
Posted on: Dec 24, 2013 at 11:41 IST

I love his
compositions Ede
Thumbi, Neenu Mugilu Naanu Nela, Ello
hudukide illada devara and others. May his soul Rest in Peace!

from:  satish sakleshpur
Posted on: Dec 24, 2013 at 03:17 IST
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