K. S. Narasimhaswamy

K. S. Narasimhaswamy

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K. S. Narasimhaswamy

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Dr. K. S. Narasimhaswamy () (January 26, 1915 - December 27, 2003) was a prominent poet in Kannada language. His most popular collection of poems Mysooru Mallige has seen more than twenty reprints and sought as an ideal gift at a wedding to the newly married couple in Karnataka. Narasimhaswamy has been conferred many prestigious awards including Sahitya academy award and Kannada sahitya academy award.

Early life

Narasimhaswamy who belongs to the Hoysala Karnataka Brahmin community was born in Kikkeri in Mandya district. He had his early education in Mysore. In 1934 he joined Central College in Bengaluru and completed his Bachelor of Arts degree. He married Venkamma in Tiptur in 1936. He often portrayed his wife as the inspiration for his poems which mainly deal with romance in married life.


His romantic love poems, inspired by Robert Burns (whose work he translated to Kannada as Robert Burnsna Premageetegalu) were unique to the language at the time when most Kannada poetry dealt with nature and the natural world. He is considered to be part of the Navodaya movement in Kannada literature. By virtue of his innovative 'simple Kannada' poetry, Narasimhaswamy was able to bring Kannada poetry to a broad audience. Noted film director T.S. Nagabharana made a...
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