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They will be conferred the honour at Kannada University on December 4

HAMPI: The Kannada University will present Nadoja (Teacher of the State) award, which is equivalent to honorary Doctor of Letters, to Kayyara Kinhanna Rai, Dr. Ham. Pa. Nagarajaiah, Mudenur Sanganna, Dr. Sarojini Mahishi and Daroji Eeramma in recognition of their contribution to their respective fields.

This was announced by B.A.Vivek Rai, Kannada University Vice-Chancellor, at a press conference here on Saturday.

He said the Nadoja awards would be presented at the university's 15th Nudihabba" (convocation) to be held on December 4 at `Navaranga', open-air auditorium on the campus.

Governor T.N. Chaturvedi, who is also the Chancellor of the University, would confer the awards. Minister for Higher Education D.H. Shankaramurthy, who is also the Pro-Chancellor, would present the M.Phil degrees, he said. `Nadoja' Patil Puttappa, journalist and protagonist of Kannada, will deliver the "nudihabba" address.

Many roles

Kayyara Kinhanna Rai, (92) is a well-known protagonist of Kannada who fought for the unification of Karnataka and propagation of the language. He is also a renowned poet, translator, teacher and journalist. Mr. Rai has participated in the Indian freedom movement and composed poems that kindled the spirit of patriotism. He has been fighting a relentless battle for merger of Kasargod with Karnataka.

A follower of Gandhian principles, Mr. Rai has travelled far and wide espousing the cause of Kannada language, literature and culture for the past 70 years. He has been conferred several awards.

Mudenur Sanganna (80), a folklore research scholar, has written several books on folklore and dramas including "Chouthi Chandra" Buddha, Mochi Mava and Avvanneva. His book Sule Sankavva won the Karnataka Sahitya Academy Award in 2000.

A renowned resource person since 60 years in the field of folk theatre, traditional art forms, folk music and compilation of lexicon of cultural idioms, Mudenur Sanganna had participated in the freedom struggle and in the movement for unification of Karnataka.

Ham. Pa. Nagarajaiah (71) has written over 60 books in Kannada and 11 in English. He was the president of the Kannada Sahitya Parishat, director of Jain Research Institute and Institute of Jain Studies, Shravanabelagola.

As president of the Kannada Sahitya Parishat, he promoted Kannada language and literature by way of publications, seminars, conferences and workshops throughout the State and outside.

Minister and writer

Former Union Minister Sarojini Mahishi (75) is a Kannada writer and is also associated with the cause of women's development and preservation of manuscripts. Her major contributions include submitting the report on development of Kannada and jobs for local people, which is known as the Mahishi report.

She has also served in several social organisations in various capacities. As an educationist, she has been running a primary school, high school and a training college for women in Dharwad. As the Vice-Chancellor of Rashtriya Sanskrit Sansthan, she started a manuscript research institute in Una in Himachal Pradesh.

Folk songs her forte

Daroji Eeramma (70), popularly known as "burrakatha Eeramma", is an illiterate woman of semi-nomadic tribe (Scheduled Caste) who specialises in rendering folk epics. She is from the third generation in her family to continue the tradition.

The number of folk epics she has sung is 12 amounting to two lakh lines and 7,000 pages in print. Some of the popular epics sung by her are Kumararama, Babbuli Nagireddi, Baala Nagamma, Jaisingaraaja Kavya, Bali Chakravarthi Kavya.

She was also conferred the Karnataka Rajyotsava Award in 1999. She has won several other awards.

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