V. K. Gokak

V. K. Gokak

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Vinayaka Krishna Gokak () (1909–1992) was a major writer in Kannada language and a scholar of English and Kannada literatures. He was fifth among seven recipients of Jnanpith Award (1990) for Kannada language for his epic Bharatha Sindhu Rashmi. Bharatha Sindhu Rashmi that deals with the vedic age is perhaps the longest epic written in any language in the 20th Century.In 1961, Gokak was awarded the Padmashree from the Government of India for Dyava Prithvi.

Academic life

Vinayak Gokak was a student of literature at Karnatak College Dharwar. Gokak with a first at Oxford in a colonial India, was a charismatic Indian professor of English. After returning from Oxford, he in the year 1938 became the principal of Willingdon college, Sangli. Through the years, Gokak had the privilege of heading colleges, universites and elite institutes in India. He served as the first Vice Chancellor of Sri Sathya Sai Institute of Higher Learning at Puttaparthi, Anantapur District between 1981 - 1985. His novel Samarasave Jeevana is considered one of the representative works of Navodaya literature in Kannada.

Selected work


  • Bharatha Sindhu Rashmi


  • Samarasave Jeevana

Poetry Collections

  • Urnanaabha
  • Abyudaya
  • Baaladeguladalli
  • Dhyava Pruthvi (Kannada Saahithya Academy Award)
  • Samudra Geethegal


  • Voices of the Himalaya: arun. translated by the authors, Kamala Ratnam, V.K. Gokak and others. (Bombay: Asia Publishing......
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