Bangalore, Sep 20 : Well-known Kannada writer,
poet and playwright Chandrashekhara Kambara, who received the Jnanpith
award for 2009, said he is happy after receiving the honour and that his
closeness to common people helped him in writing literature deep rooted
to "our soil".
"I am extremely happy with this recognition. I
always wrote what I considered right and in the way I thought it is best
to reach out to people. I have always been part of the society. I never
lived in an ivory tower which enabled me to write literature which is
deep rooted in our soil," Kambara told IANS.
The 74-year-old won
the award Sunday and became the eighth Kannada writer to get the
prestigious literary award after Kuvempu, Da Raa Bendhre, Shivaram
Karanth, Masti Venkatesh Iyengar, Vi. Kru. Gokak, U.R. Ananthamurthy,
and Girish Karnad.
Kambara has written several collections of
poems, plays, novels, short stories and many books on literary research
and his work represents the rich culture of Northern Karnataka.
and culture minister Govind Karjol described Kambara as a writer who
remained closer to his roots, but at the same time took his writing to
greater heights with his creative genius.
"He clearly showed that
folk culture cannot be ignored. He always kept in touch with the social
fabric of the society and responded positively to developments. The
Jnanpith award to him has is in a way brought Kannada literature to
limelight again," said Karjol.
Several of Kambara's works have
been made into films including the national award winning "Singaarevva
Maththu Aramane", which was directed by Nagabharana.
himself directed three films - "Karmaayi", "Kaadu Kudure" and
"Sangeetha" - and composed music for "Kaadu Kudure", which won a
national award for Singer Shimoga Subbanna for the song "Kaadu Kudure'.
His poem collection "Rishyashrunga" was made into a film by
director Prasad and his "G.K. Master Pranaya Prasanga" was made into a
He has been the vice chancellor of Hampi
University, chief of the National School of Drama in Delhi and chairman
of Nataka and Janapada Academy.
By V.S. Rajapur