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They were felicitated by former police officer Kiran Bedi

Krishna Sastry, Subbanna, Shivashankarappa, Baragur Ramachandrappa honoured

Honorary doctorates given at the 18th annual convocation of the Kuvempu University

SHIMOGA: Honorary doctorates were conferred on scholar Belagere Krishna Sastry, singer Shimoga Subbanna, social worker Shamanur Shivashankarappa and writer Baragur Ramachandrappa at the 18th annual convocation of Kuvempu University held at Jnana Sahyadri on Saturday.

They were also felicitated by Magsaysay Award-winner and former police officer Kiran Bedi and university Vice-Chancellor B.S. Sherigara.

Prof. Sherigara, who read the citations, hailed Krishna Sastry as a “living encyclopaedia” of Kannada culture.

Even as a student, Mr. Sastry took part in the freedom struggle and got the opportunity to serve as a volunteer during Mahatma Gandhi’s visit to Mysore in 1936.

He was an active participant in the Bhoodan Movement of Acharya Vinoba Bhave. Inspired by the teachings of Mahatma Gandhi and Vinoba Bhave, he founded educational institutions such as Sharadamandir.

Being a renowned scholar, Mr. Sastry provided source material to some of the well-known folklore scholars and linguists. He had been organising literary and cultural programmes. He had written a large number of plays and poems, he said. Shamanur Shivashankarappa from Davangere had contributed much to the fields of education, industry and politics, the Vice-Chancellor said. He was responsible for putting Davangere on the educational map of India by starting several institutions right from primary schools to professional colleges. He is the honorary secretary of the Bapuji Educational Association.

Shimoga Subbanna was instrumental in creating good taste for Kannada poems, Prof. Sherigara said. He was one of the talented singers who created a new stream of “Sugama Sangeeta” that brought together Kannada culture and Kannada poetry.

His renditions included songs of Kuvempu, K.S. Narasimhamurthy and Shishunala Sharief. He has received many prestigious awards including the Rajatha Kamala.

Baraguru Ramachandrappa was widely recognised as one of the most illustrious contemporary writers and thinkers in the State, the Vice-Chancellor said.