Vikram Visaji, winner of the Srivijaya Sahitya Prashasti this year for his contribution to Kannada literature, was a child prodigy.
Born in Bhalki in Bidar district, Mr. Visaji brought out his first collection of poetry, Galipata , at the age of 12. Since then, he has published over 12 books, including research work Nadagala Nudiyagale , a translation Huzzu Dalimbe Gida , collections of poetry Gudukattuva Chitra , Jeeva Midithada Saddu , Thamasha , Neeveke Kattale Kade and Nanna Suttilina Janaru , and a work of criticism Beligina Mukha .
After completing his postgraduation and Ph.D. from Gulbarga University, he joined the varsity as a lecturer in 2001, before joining the Central University of Karnataka in 2011 as associate professor and coordinator in the Department of Kannada.
The 35-year-old has established a niche for himself among young Kannada writers. Speaking to The Hindu , he attributed his success to his father, Professor G.B. Visaji, who encouraged and supported his interest in regional literature. His success is a shining example of how a person with basic education from a remote corner of Karnataka, where the quality of education leaves a lot to be desired, can still make a name for himself in the literary world.
As winner of the Srivijaya Sahitya Prashasti, instituted by the Kannada Sahitya Parishat to recognise writers aged below 40, Mr. Visaji won the purse of Rs. 1,11,111 and a commendation certificate.
He will be conferred the award in December.
Mr. Visaji has also won the Young Writers Award instituted by the Kolkata Bhasha Parishat this year — one of four young writers to receive the award.
He won the Central Sahitya Academy travel fellowship for young writers, which he used to visit West Bengal and interact with other writers there.