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Updated: December 24, 2013 02:15 IST

Rashtrakavi G.S. Shivarudrappa no more

Muralidhar Khajane
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Rashtrakavi G.S. Shivarudrappa. File Photo: BM Kedarnatheshwarswamy
Rashtrakavi G.S. Shivarudrappa. File Photo: BM Kedarnatheshwarswamy

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.

Great literateurr written songs in Manasa Saravore still ringing in ears and
his Poems are marvelous and most popular. We still did not know that he
is author of these; We thought he is going to get Jnanapeet
award by so the tally will increase to three for Shimoga district; we
missed. It also shows the selection criteria of Jnanpeet award.

from:  RAGHAVENDRA R PAWAR
Posted on: Dec 24, 2013 at 12:28 IST

Rashtra kavigala Rashtriya Atmakke Bhagavanthanu Chira Shanthi needali.

from:  Hareesha Babu
Posted on: Dec 24, 2013 at 00:22 IST

His ever haunting poem Ello udikide.. ille iruva preethi snehagala
guruthisadadehu nammolage a strong message for the society to live in
harmony. May his soul rest in peace

from:  raj
Posted on: Dec 23, 2013 at 23:54 IST

I don't know how many times i have listened "Ede Thumbi Hadidenu" &
"Hadu Hadu". Ivathu saha kelidre nannana bere lokkake karkondu hoguthe.
Very thankful for such wonderful works and many more. May god rest your
soul in peace.

from:  Chandan Gowda
Posted on: Dec 23, 2013 at 21:26 IST

Great loss to Kannada Literature world.

from:  Sanjay Kumbar
Posted on: Dec 23, 2013 at 21:16 IST

My all time favourite poet,writer is no more..Kannadigas lost the great personolity...

from:  kiran
Posted on: Dec 23, 2013 at 20:49 IST

The death of this towering literary figure has left the world of
literature significantly poorer. The songs like Ede Thumbi Haadidenu,
Neenu Mugilu Naanu Nela and many more works of this distinguished Kannada
poet G.S. Shivarudrappa are evergreen. May his soul rest in peace.

from:  Chetan Nanjaiah
Posted on: Dec 23, 2013 at 18:30 IST


May his Soul rest in peace for ever.

Great loss to kannada literature field.

from:  umeshchannarayapatna
Posted on: Dec 23, 2013 at 18:13 IST

We are saddened to hear of "Rashtrakavi G.S. Shivarudrappa" sudden loss.Our hearts are with you in this time of sorrow.Heartfelt condolences..
•Words can't express how saddened we are to hear of your loss.

from:  PARAMESHWAR.R
Posted on: Dec 23, 2013 at 18:11 IST

May his soul rest in peace for ever!

from:  Mansoor
Posted on: Dec 23, 2013 at 17:49 IST

NIMMA AATHMAKKE SHANTHI SIGALENDU ASHISUVA

from:  UMESH
Posted on: Dec 23, 2013 at 17:38 IST

We lost one more Rastrakavi,MAY HIS SOUL REST IN PEACE.

We pray God to give you and his family members strength and courage
to bear this irreparable loss.

from:  Suhasini
Posted on: Dec 23, 2013 at 17:31 IST

Irrecoverable loss to us, lets prey god to give him a Aathma Shanthi

from:  Narasimha
Posted on: Dec 23, 2013 at 17:26 IST

Big loss for kannada sahithya loka , we have lost one more rastrakavi. May god rest
his soul
In peace. No one can fill his place nowadays.

from:  smita
Posted on: Dec 23, 2013 at 17:01 IST

He was the third diamond in Kannada literary.Today that is lost.So i
pray to god again give to gift to karnataka.

from:  suman
Posted on: Dec 23, 2013 at 16:59 IST

rip raashtra kavigale

from:  shamanthgowda
Posted on: Dec 23, 2013 at 16:49 IST

He is great loss to the karantaka sahithya evara hathmakke shanthi
sigalendu ashisuttene

from:  manjula
Posted on: Dec 23, 2013 at 16:48 IST

one more diamond crown is lost to bharatha, to day is very sad
day.......

from:  shailaagowda
Posted on: Dec 23, 2013 at 16:43 IST

This is the great loss to all of us We are sorry for your loss. GSS such
a great person,G.S. Shivarudrappa will live on in our memories forever.
from:  B Mahammad Sadiq
Posted on: Dec 23, 2013 at 16:35 IST

I feel very sad after know the message that GSS is no more. Absolutely it is great loss to world kannada literature and Karnataka. He is the man with social commitment. GSS is the model poet for the young generations.

from:  Channabasava A
Posted on: Dec 23, 2013 at 16:20 IST

Homage to GSS.

from:  Dheeraj Aradhya
Posted on: Dec 23, 2013 at 16:12 IST

He was the third diamond in Kannada literary.Today that is lost.So i pray to god again give to gift to karnataka.

from:  venkappa talwar
Posted on: Dec 23, 2013 at 15:51 IST


We have lost a real gem of Karnataka Sarasvata Loka and Kannada Bhavageetha prapamcha. Who can forget Yede tumbi Haduvenu or Ello hudukide illada devara or Kanada kadala?
May his soul rest in peace!


from:  satyamadhava
Posted on: Dec 23, 2013 at 15:42 IST

Big loss to the country...
Avara atmakke shanthi sogali...

from:  Karthik Herle
Posted on: Dec 23, 2013 at 15:31 IST

Very sad to hear the news.

from:  vinay
Posted on: Dec 23, 2013 at 15:14 IST

May his great soul rest in peace ....you have left a vacuum in Kannada
sahitya loka which is very difficult to fill in coming decades...RIP

from:  Siddanagouda Patil
Posted on: Dec 23, 2013 at 15:09 IST

india lost another cultural DIAMOND......!!!!!!!!!!

from:  manish
Posted on: Dec 23, 2013 at 15:00 IST

Lost a "GEM".

from:  Ashwini K S
Posted on: Dec 23, 2013 at 14:44 IST
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