The famous Kannada poet Siddalingaiah no more | India News
Popularly known as “Dalita Kavi” (Dalit Poet), he was 67 years old. He is survived by his wife, a son and a daughter.
According to sources, he was admitted to a private hospital for more than a month and had been on respiratory assistance for some time.
His wife was also infected by Covi and has recovered.
Siddalingaiah was a Dalit poet, playwright, essayist and activist, and was one of the founders of Dalita Sangharsh Samiti.
His notable works include Holemadigara Haadu, Saaviraaru Nadigalu, Kappu Kaadina Haadu, and Meravanige, among others.
He had written plays such as Panchama, Ekalavya, and one of his popular essays was Gramadevathegalu.
Several of his works have been translated into English and other languages, and his autobiography of Ooru Keri earned him the Sahitya Akademi Award.
Siddalingaiah also received the Pampa Prize, the highest literary award in Kannada, presented by the state government, the Hampi University Nadoja Prize, and the Rajyostava Prize, among others.
He also chaired the 81st Kannada Sahitya Sammelana (a major gathering of Kannada literature) held in Shravanabelagola.
He had also served as a member of the Karnataka Legislative Council and president of the Kannada Development Authority, a post with Cabinet rank, and had taught Kannada in Bangalore University.
The Chief Minister, BS Yediyurappa, mourned the death of Siddalingaiah.
“In his death, we have lost a great writer with social concern, who fought for the elevation of the depressed classes,” said the Chief Minister in his message of condolence.
Former prime minister HD Deve Gowda, several of Yediyurappa’s cabinet colleagues and opposition leader Siddaramaiah, leader of JD (S) HD KumaraswamyThey, among others, have expressed their regret over the death of Siddalingaiah.