Bangalore: K.S. Nisar Ahmed, who has been chosen for the Padma Shri Award this year, is a familiar name in every Kannadiga household because of his songs in “Nithyotsava”, the first-ever Kannada audio tape released in 1978.
But the literary oeuvre of the poet goes far beyond these popular songs. He has to his credit several collections of poetry and prose, besides translations. He has written many poems in the lyrical mode, and penned as many in the modernist tradition. However, his academic training was in geology. He worked as an Assistant Geologist in The Mysore Mines and Geology at Gulbarga and later as a lecturer in Bangalore and Shimoga. He chaired the Kannada Sahitya Sammela in Shimoga. Prof. Ahmed said that he was “surprised and delighted” by the award. “I am happy, I am also glad that a Kannadiga’s name has gone all the way to New Delhi,” he said.
Prof. Ahmed turns 72 on February 5 and the Karnataka Ganaka Parishat is bringing out a compilation of his works in a CD to mark the occasion. The Karnataka Yakshagana and Janapada Academy felicitated Prof. Ahmed on Saturday.