S. L. Bhyrappa
Santeshivara Lingannaiah Bhyrappa was born on 20th August 1931, He was born in Hoysala Karnataka Brahmin family at Santeshivara, a remote village in Channarayapatna taluk of Hassan district, about 200 km from Bangalore. Bhyrappa is a reputed Kannada novelist whose works are immensely popular within his home state and outside of Karnataka.He is widely regarded as one of India’s foremost modern-day writers. His novels are unique in terms of theme, structure, and characterisation. He has been among the top selling authors, His Books are translated in Hindi and Marathi and also been in the top sellers list. He has been awarded with The Saraswati Samman in the year 2010. His major works have been the center of several heated public debates and controversies.
Bhyrappa has written several popular novels.He has authored twenty novels in a career spanning four decades. Some of the famous novels like Vamshavruksha, Tabbaliyu Neenade Magane, Matadana and Nayi Neralu have been made into films and also have bagged major awards. Vamshavruksha has received Kannada Sahitya Academy Award in 1966 and Daatu has received both Kannada and Kendra Sahitya Academy awards in the year 1975. Parva has been the most discussed and applauded among all of his novels. It narrates the social structure, values and the mystery of mortality in the epoch of Mahabharata very effectively. Bhyrappa reconstructed Mahabharatha from sociological and anthropological angle, through metaphors in this novel.
- Vagvilasini Puraskar (Deenanath Memorial Foundation, Pune, 2012)
- Nadoja Award (2011)
- Saraswati Samman for his novel Mandra (2011).
- NTR National literary award (2007).
- Honorary Doctorate from Gulbarga University (2007).
- Pampa Award (2005).
- President, Kannada Sahitya Sammelana at Kanakapura (1999)
- Sahitya Akademi Award (Government of India, 1975)
- Kannada Sahitya Academy award (Government of Karnataka, 1966)