K.S. Nissar Ahmed – Kannada Poet
K.S. Nissar Ahmed is a famous kannada poet. He was born on February 5th,1936. His full name is Kokkare Hosahalli Shekahaider Nissar Ahmed. His father K.S. Haider was a sanitary inspector and a teacher before joining the Revenue Department in Bangalore. He is a post-graduate in Geology and has also worked as an Assistant Geologist in The Mysore Mines and Geology at Gulbarga before coming in touch with Kuvempu. He was invited to the Kannada poet’s meet during dasara festival in the year 1959. He also worked as a lecturer in geology in Central College, Bangalore and later in Chitradurga. He taught in the Sahyadri First Grade College in Shimoga for two terms during the period 1967-72 & 1975-78.
In the year 1978, when the first audio cassette in Kannada light music was released, the song “Nityotsava” became popular, not only because of the tune, but also because of the lyrics. Nissar Ahmed has also translated Chilean poet Pablo Neruda’s poems under the title “Bari Maryadastare” into Kannada. Ahmed’s own poems include Kurigalu saar naavu kurigalu , Bharatavu namma desha (Translation of saarey jahan se accha ) and Benne kadda namma Krishna . His poem Nimmodaniddu, Nimmantaagade painfully narrates the dilemma which he had to go through to retain his religious roots.
- Pampa Award
- Rajyotsava Award : 1981
- Nadoja Award : 2003
- Padma Shri : 2008
- Honorary doctorate from Kuvempu University