BANGALORE: The Kannada Sahitya Parishat has selected the veteran writer Patil Puttappa for its prestigious Nrupatunga Sahitya Prashasti for 2008.
Announcing the award here on Thursday, parishat president R.K. Nallor Prasad told presspersons that the literary award included a purse of Rs. 5.01 lakh, a memento, a citation and a shawl.
He said that a committee headed by him, and with Kannada and Culture Secretary Jayaramaraje Urs; writer Basavaraj Kalgudi of Kannada Adhyayana Kendra, Bangalore University; and Mallepuram G. Venkatesh, special officer, Karnataka Sanskrit University, as members, selected Dr. Puttappa, popularly known as “Papu”, for the honour in recognition of his service to Kannada.
The award is instituted by the Bangalore Metropolitan Transport Corporation, which has deposited Rs. 1.5 crore in the name of the parishat in a nationalised bank. The cash award is presented from the interest accrued on the deposit.
Dr. Puttappa, born on January 14, 1921, did a postgraduate course in journalism at the University of California (U.S.) in 1949. Later, he started the Kannada weekly Prapancha and the daily Vishwavani, in Dharwad.
He was the president of the Dharwad-based Karnataka Vidhyavardhaka Sangha for over 30 years. He represented the State in the Rajya Sabha for two terms (1962 to 1974). He was the first president of the Kannada Watchdog Committee that was later renamed as the Kannada Development Authority.
‘I am honoured’
Hubli Staff Correspondent writes:
Dr. Puttappa said that the award had increased the responsibility on him in pursuing the cause of Kannada.
He said he was honoured to receive the award. However, there were many others in the State who had dedicated their lives to the cause of Kannada and who should have been considered for the award.