Google Doodle honours Kannada writer Kuppali Venkatappa Puttappa 113th birthday

Google India search engine is celebrating the life and greatest writer in the Kannada language of Kuppali Venkatappa Puttappa, a renowned Indian poet and author of the 20th century on his 113th birth anniversary with a doodle. Born on 29 December, 1904 in Hirekodige near Bommalapura in Koppa Taluk of the Chikmagalur District, Karnataka, to a Vokkaliga Kannada family.  Puttappa was a novelist, poet, thinker, critic and playwright. He is considered as the greatest Kannada literary master of his times. He is the first among Kannada writers to be graced with esteemed Jnanpith Award. This is not all, the government of Karnataka decorated him with the title National poet in 1958 and Gem of Karnataka in 1992 for his contributions.

Kuvempu wrote his first-ever poetry collection of poetry in English; most of his different works that followed were written in South Dravidian. He remained a long advocate for the language, particularly as a medium of instruction in state academic establishments. He was additionally a staunch champion of gender equality, anti-casteism and anti-superstition.

Incidentally, on additionally marks the golden day of remembrance of Kuvempu’s Jnanpith Award, and his birthplace is that the website of a two-day conference (over 29-30 December) wherever students can discuss the importance of Kuvempu’s work. The Google Doodle honouring Kuvempu could not have return at a stronger time.

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