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Dharawad, the homeground of many literary luminaries

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Dharawad District is well-known as City of Education. A City with a very cool climate, Dharawad is famous for Karnataka University, and Agricultural University, Akashvani, Law University, and High Court.

Dharawad has expanded its platform with many literary figures who have reached heights in the literary world. Home of many literary luminaries are right here. Having nurtured some of the best writers of Kannada, the City has many iconic places associated with the language and culture of the State. Some of such places are Sadhanakeri, and Varakavi Dr. Bendre’s house. The places have gathered literature lovers. Karnataka University, Karnataka College and Kelageri have remained favourite places for writers and critics. Here below are few writers who have deep bond with City of Dharawad.

*Dattatreya Ramachandra Bendre or Da. Ra. Bendre was one of the most famous poets of Karnataka. Bendre, better known to Kannadigas by the pen name Ambikatanayadatta, was born in Dharawad City in North Karnataka and is also a Jnanpith awardee. He was a great poet, dramatist, critic and orator. He oublished many poetry collections, plays and a number of books. He has contributed immensely to Kannada literature.

*Dr. V. Kru. Gokak originally (Vinayak Krishna Gokak) also known as Dharawaddavar Gokak is a scholar and critic, professor of English and recipient of the prestigious Jnanpith Award for his epic poem “Bharata Sindhu Rashmi” in Kannada.

*Dr Chandrashekhara Kambara was a faculty member of Bangalore University, Director of the National School of Drama, New Delhi, and President of Karnataka Janapada Academy. A storyteller, poet, novelist, and dramatist, he served as the first Chancellor of Hampi Kannada University. Jnanpith Award has also been conferred to Dr. Chandrasekhara Kambara.

*Channaveera Kanavi is one of the most widely read and critically acclaimed modern Kannada poets. Kanavi has worked extensively in the field of poetry. He had participated in several pro-Kannada movements. Kanavi was the resident of Chembelaku in Kalyana Nagara, Dharawad. Chennaveera Kanavi, who is known as ‘Samanvaya Kavi’, was an active participant of both Renaissance and Surrealism.

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