List of Famous Kannada Poets/Writers

Kannada literature, which one of the oldest, Indian languages is very much enriched by these icons, whose writings over a range of genres translated into several Indian languages and foreign languages, provide the Kannada world with their fabulous feast of writings. This is my little effort to list these icons starting from 6th to 21st century. This is not a complete list and may contain some error. Please suggest or help me to make this list complete by sending email to developpublicschools@gmail.com

 Poet/Writer NameLivedCommentsPhoto
1Durvinita6th century
2Vimala Pre-850
3NagarjunaPre-850
4Jayabodhi Pre-850
5Udaya Pre-850
6Kavisvara Pre-850
7Pandita ChandraPre-850
8Lokapala Pre-850
9
10Amoghavarsha850
11Srivijaya850
12Asaga850
13Shivakotiacharya 900
14Ravinagabhatta930
15Pampa941
16Ranna 950
17Ponna950
18Jainachandra950
19Rudrabhatta9th-10th century
20Kavi Rajaraja9th-10th century
21Gajanakusha10th century
22
23Nagavarma I(late 10th-early 11th century)
24Nagavarma II(late 11th-early 12th century)
25Akka Mahadevi(1130-1160)
26Allama Prabhu(12th century)
27Harihara(12th century)
28Raghavanka(late 12th to early 13th century)
29Janna(13th century)
30Gangadevi(14th century)
31Kumara Vyasa(late 14th-early 15th century)
32Purandara Dasa(1484–1564)
33Kanaka Dasa(1509–1609)
34Sarvajna(16th century)
35Shishunala Sharif(1819–1889)
36
37Panje Mangesh Rao(1874-1937)
38M. Govinda Pai(1883–1963)
39B. M. Srikantaiah(1884–1946)
40D. V. Gundappa(1887-1975)
41D. R. Bendre(1896-1981)
42Kuvempu(1904-1994)
43T. N. Srikantaiah(1906-1966)
44D.L. Narasimhachar(1906-1971)
45Prof V. K. Gokak(1909-1992)
46Dinakara Desai(1909-1982)
47Gourish Kaikini(1912-2002)
48K. S. Narasimhaswamy(1915-2003)
49Gopalakrishna Adiga(1918-1992)
50Gangadhar Chittal(1923-1987)
51Keertinath Kurtkoti(1925-2003)
52G. S. Shivarudrappa(1926-2013)
53Shankar Mokashi Punekar(1928-2004)
54Shantinath Desai(1929-1998)
55Vasant Kavali(1932-1988)
56U. R. Ananthamurthy(1932-2014)
57K. S. Nissar Ahmed(1936- )
58Vaidehi(1945- )
59
60A.R. Krishnasastry(1890-1968)Most remembered for his classic "Vachana Bharat"
61Dr. K Shivaram Karanth(1902-1997)
62Masti Venkatesh Iyengar(1891-1986)
63Channappa Uttangi A missionary and Kannada scholar.
64Dr. Anupama Niranjan A Doctor and A Writer
65Hemalata Mahishi Eminent Lawyer and Writer
67Govindrao V. Chulaki Kannada publisher and Writer
68H.S.Krishnaswamy Iyengar Kannada scholar and noted biographer
69Ha .Ma. Nayak
70Gorur Ramaswamy Iyengar
71K. Gopalakrishnaraya Kannada essayist and Writer
72Sriranga Kannada Dramatist
73M. Sivaram (Ra.Shi) Kannada Humorist
74G.B. Joshi Kannada Playwright and publisher
76Su. Ram. Ekkundi Kannada Poet
77M. Akbar Ali Kannada Poet
78T.S. Venkannayya Kannada scholar
79Sham. Ba. Joshi Kannada Researcher and Writer
80Prabhushankar Kannada Writer
83Prof. B.G.L. Swamy Kannada Writer
84Krishnakumar Kallur
85Lalita Ramanna
86N.S. Gadagkar
87P. G. Halakatti
88P.V. Acharya (Pavem)
91M. K. Indira
92Girish Karnad
93M. Chidananda Murthy
94Mirji Annaraya
95Geeta Kulkarni
96D.S. Karki
97Chandrashekhar Kambar
98H.V. Savithramma
99Prof. A. N . Murthy Rao
100Shantadevi Kanavi
102A. K. Ramanujan
103T.P. Kailasam
104S. M. Joshi Kannada Researcher
105Prof. A. N. Moorthy Rao
106Prahlad Naregal
107Prof. G. Varadaraja Rao
108Prof. G.S. Amur
109Prof. M.V. Seetaramiah Kannada scholar
110Pu. Ti. Narasimhachar
112Ranganath Diwakar
113S.S. Malwad
114Sali Ramachandra Rao
115Siddavanahalli Krishna Sharma
116Sundar Nadakarni
117Nadiger
118K.V. Iyer
119Alur Venkata Rao
120V.B. Naik
121Shanta Nagaraj Writer and Activist
122H.K. Ranganath Writer
123Poornachandra Tejasvi Writer
124S.V. Ranganna Writer
125Yashwant Chittal

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