Special Correspondent

GULBARGA: Governor T.N. Chaturvedi, who is Chancellor of the Gulbarga University on Thursday conferred honorary doctorate on eminent writer and researcher S.L. Bhyrappa, freedom fighter and educationist M. Nagappa and leading Hindustani music exponent Narasimhalu Wadavati during the 25th convocation of the Gulbarga University.

Winner of several awards, including the Central Sahitya Academy Award and the Rajyotsava Award, Dr. Bhyrappa was presented a citation and a certificate by the Governor in the presence of former Chief Justice of the Karnataka and Kerala High Court V.S. Mallimath, Higher Education Minister D.H. Shankaramurthy, who is pro-chancellor of the University, Vice-Chancellor B.G. Mulimani, Registrar S. Rajanna and Registrar (Evaluation) K.B. Koli.

A follower of Gandhian philosophy, Dr. Bhyrappa has penned 19 books .

His works have been translated into several languages and "Grahabanga" and "Daata" was translated to 14 languages.

The 80-year-old Mr. Nagappa, who hails from Raichur district, is an eminent lawyer and was instrumental in the growth of the Taranath Education Society in Raichur as its secretary for the past four decades.

Mr. Nagappa who was an MLA for one term from 1967 to 1971 had accomplished himself as a parliamentarian and the State Government released a special volume of his speeches in the Assembly .

He was felicitated by the President last year during the Quit India Movement Celebration Day . Mr. Narasimhalu Wadavati, who was conferred the honorary doctorate by the Governor, was a disciple of famed Hindustani Classical vocalist Siddaram Jambaldinni and later successfully adapted Hindustani music to the clarinet.

Winner of the prestigious "Outstanding Artist of the 20th Century Award" given by Cambridge University, U.K., Mr. Wadavati was also honoured with the Rajyotsava Award and the Karnataka Sangeeta and the Nrutya Academy Award.