Konana Channabasappa was on Sunday felicitated by his well wishers and various organisations in his home district of Bellary for being chosen to preside over the 79th All-India Kannada Sahitya Sammelan to be held in Bijapur in February.

Veerashaiva Vidyavardhak Sangha, which runs a chain of educational institutions, including engineering and management colleges in the district, Bellary Nadahabba Samiti, Ramakrishna Vivekananda Kendra, friends from the Bar Association, journalists, among others had organised the function, which was inaugurated by H.M. Gurusiddaswamy, secretary of the sangha. Allum Gurubasavaraj, president of the sangha, was in the chair. Mr. Channabasappa, multifaceted nonagenarian, was brought to the venue of the function in a procession, led by traditional band . A host of people coming from all over the district and also Kannada-speaking areas of the neighbouring Andhra Pradesh, honoured Mr. Channabasappa.

Rahamat Tarikeri, professor in Kannada University, writer and recipient of the Central Sahitya Akademi award, hailed the reprinted book of Mr. Channabasappa, ‘Karnataka Ekikarana’ and said that the latter, as a writer, thinker, a leader in the unification movement and freedom struggle, had contributed a lot in all the spheres.

“The speciality of Mr. Channabasappa, is that he is a versatile and prolific writer and he tries to unite the minds of people. Folk research scholar Basavaraj Malshetty, Hirehal Ibrahim, and others spoke.