Staff Reporter

Krishnamurthy Kittur and Kalegowda Nagawara among the winners

AwardeesKrishnamurthy KitturR.V. BhandariKalegowda NagawaraShashikala Veeraiah SwamyH. Girijamma

BANGALORE: The Kannada Sahitya Academy has announced the names of writers selected for its honorary awards for 2005. Academy Chairperson Geetha Nagabhushana chaired a meeting of the academy members to select the five awardees.

Ms. Geetha Nagabhushana told presspersons here that the five persons chosen for the honour are the 78-year-old Krishnamurthy Kittur from north Karnataka, R.V. Bhandari from Uttara Kannada, Kalegowda Nagawara, Shashikala Veeraiah Swamy from Bijapur, who excels in modern poetry, and H. Girijamma of Davangere, a doctor and child psychologist who has authored 13 novels.

Dr. Krishnamurthy Kittur has written four works of criticism and commentary, a short story, apart from novels and essays. He won the Academy Book prize in 2002 for his collection of articles, "Jeevanasandhya."

Dr. Bhandari, a teacher by profession, has made a mark in different forms of literature. His works include novels, and poetry, and novels on the theme of caste, socialism and a couple of plays and children's books.

Dr. Nagawara has been one of the leaders of the Bandaya literary movement.

Ms. Shashikala Veeraiah Swamy has written poems and collections and is a Rajyotsava awardee.

Dr. Girijamma has written 13 novels and has six short story collections to her credit, apart from plays, and medical articles. She has won the Visvesvaraya Award and the Attimabbe Prize.

The academy also released the list of Book prizes in 18 categories for 2004. The prize includes a purse of Rs. 5,000 and a certificate. The winners are Dharanidevi Malagatti (poetry); Srinivasa Vaidya (novel); Keshava Malagi (short story); H.L. Pushpa (play); Chandrashekhara Aloor (humour and light reading); Nemichandra (travel writing); Sridhar (biography); Lokesh Agasanakatte (literary criticism); N. Geetacharya (editing); Sampatur Vishwanath (children's literature); B.S. Shylaja (science writing); Vishnu Naik (sociology); S.S. Hiremath (research); Shyamala Madhav (translation of `Gone with the wind); R. Lakshminarayana (Kannada translation of Vakrokri Jeevitha); A. Sridhar (compilation of English Kannada psychological terms); Hanur Channappa (first book) D.K. Sitaram Sastry (translation from Kannada to English of the Bhagavad Gita).

Anuvada Academy awards

The Karnataka Anuvada (translation) Academy has chosen five eminent writers and scholars for the honour and award for 2005-06.

Academy Chairman Pradhan Gurudutt told presspersons that the awardees included writer D. Javare Gowda from Mysore, Krishna Kolhara Kulkari from Bijapur; V.P. Devalagaonkar (Bhao Saheb) from Gulbarga and Saraswathi Risbud form Bangalore. The award carries a purse of Rs. 10,000 and a citation. The awards will be presented on March 2.

Dr. Gurudutt said the academy has taken up several programmes under the Suvarna Karnataka celebrations. A representative anthology of Kuvempu, the Kuvempu Sanchaya, is being published in English and Kannada. At least two of the 11 volumes of Will Durant's History of Civilisation, would be published within one year, Dr. Gurudutt said.

Translation works

Translation of works in Kannada into other languages would be taken up and the Anuvada Academy is planning to work with other language academies to bring out books translated into Urdu, Konkani, Kodava and Tulu.