Bhubaneswar:18/11/21: Odia poet Dr. Rajendra Kishore Panda received Kuvempu National Award for literature for 2020, instituted in memory of Kuvempu, the Poet laureate of Karnataka.
The award given by Kuvempu Memorial Institute at Kupalli, Karnataka carries a cash award of Rs. 5 Lakh, a Silver Medal, and a Citation.
Celebrated poet, Prof. Dr. H. S. Shivaprakash, representative of Kuvempu Memorial Institute Sri Manudev Diwani met Dr. Panda at his Bhubaneswar residence and gave away the award in a simple programme.
The award is given to Dr. Panda for his remarkable contribution to Indian Literature. Dr. Panda receiving the award said that Odia writers are honoured with such a National Award.
Among others Dr. Pramod Parida, Surya Mishra, Kedar Mishra and Rabindra K. Swain were present.
About the award
- The Kuvempu Rashtriya Puraskar, the national award instituted in memory of late poet laureate Kuvempu.
- The prestigious award carries a cash award of Rs 5 lakh, a silver medal, and a citation.
- Founded in 1992, Rashtrakavi Kuvempu Trust instituted this national annual literary award in 2013 in the name of Kuvempu
- It recognises litterateurs who had contributed in any language recognised by the Constitution of India.
- Ever since, writers from various languages had been chosen and conferred the award at programmes held in Kuppali, the birthplace of Kuvempu in Shivamogga district, on December 29 to mark his birth anniversary.
Dr Rajendra Kishore Panda
- Born on June 24, 1944, Dr Panda writes in the Odia language. He has published 16 poetry collections and a novel.
- He is a major Indian poet who steered the path of modern Odia poetry to great heights.
- He was awarded the Gangadhar National Award in 2010, and the Sahitya Akademi Award in 1985.
- Kuppali Venkatappa Puttappa, popularly known by his pen name Kuvempu, was an Indian poet, playwright, novelist and critic.
- He was born on 29 December 1904 in Hirkodige, a village in Koppa taluk of Chikmagalur district and raised in Kuppalli, a village in Shivamogga district, Karnataka.
- He was the first Kannada writer to be decorated with the Jnanpith Award.
- He initiated education in Kannada as the language medium.
- He penned the Karnataka State Anthem Jaya Bharata Jananiya Tanujate.
- For his contributions to Kannada Literature, the Government of Karnataka decorated him with the honorific Rashtrakavi (“National Poet”) in 1964 and Karnataka Ratna (“The Gem of Karnataka”) in 1992.
- He was conferred the Padma Vibhushan by the Government of India in 1988.