G. S. Shivarudrappa

G. S. Shivarudrappa

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Dr. G.S. Shivarudrappa () (born February 7, 1926) is a Kannada poet, writer and researcher who was awarded the title of Rashtrakavi by the Government of Karnataka on November 1, 2006.

Early life

G.S. Shivarudrappa was born in Shikaripura, in Shivamogga district of Karnataka. His father was a school teacher. He did his primary and secondary schooling in Shikaripura.

Mr. Shivarudrappa who is a known "Navodaya" poet has made a lasting contribution to the Kannada literature.

Born on February 7, 1926, Mr. Shivarudrappa has worked as a Kannada professor at the Maharaja College of Mysore and later at the Postgraduate Kannada Department of Bangalore University. He received the Central Sahitya Akademi Award in 1984 for his literary contribution. He has also bagged several awards including the Karnataka State Sahitya Academy and Soviet Land Nehru Award. He presided over the Akhil Bharatiya Kannada Sahitya Sammelana held in Davanagere in 1992.

His main collections of poems are Saamagaana, Karthika, Deepada Hejje, Preeti Illada Mele, Devashilpa, Gode, Anavarana, Tereda Daari and Kaadina Kattalalli. (The Hindu, 02' Nov 2006)


Shivarudrappa pursued his B.A. in 1949 and M.A. in 1953 from University of Mysore, having secured gold-medals on three occasions. He was a student and follower of Kuvempu and was heavily inspired by Kuvempu's literary works and life.

In 1965, G.S. Shivarudrappa secured a doctorate for his thesis Soundarya Sameekshe (Kannada:...
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