The State government has chosen 62 persons for the annual KarnatakaRajyotsava Award, including historian Ramachandra Guha, writer Vaidehi, theatre personality ‘Mukhyamantri’ Chandru, Carnatic musician and playback singer K.J. Yesudas, and former judge H.N. Nagamohan Das.
Mr. Guha, a historian based in Bengaluru, was awarded the Padma Bhushan in 2009 and is the recipient of honorary doctorate from Yale University. His recent work ‘Gandhi Before India’ was chosen as notable book of the year by The New York Times. Mr. Guha told The Hindu that he was “deeply touched and honoured” by the award.
Vaidehi, a noted writer in Kannada, has received many prestigious literary awards, including the Sahitya Akademi award. Mr. Chandru is a noted theatre and film personality and has served as the chairperson of the Kannada Development Authority. K.J. Yesudas, renowned Carnatic musician and playback singer, is a Padma Award recipient besides State awards for his songs in films across several languages. The award, which carries a purse of ₹1 lakh, gold medal, and citation, will be presented to the recipients by Chief Minister Siddaramaiah at a function organised in Ravindra Kalakshetra on November 1.
List of award winners
Judiciary- Justice H N Nagamohan Das (Kolar); Literature – Dr Basavaraj Sabarad (Kalaburagi), Vaidehi (Udupi), Maher Mansur (Tumakuru), Dr Hanumakshi Gogi (Dharwad) and D S Nagabushan (Shivamogga).
Theatre – Beluru Krishnamurthy (Hassan); Guduru Mamatha (Bagalkot), C K Gundanna (Bengaluru), Shivappa Bharamappa Adargunchi (Dharwad), A Varalakshmi (Ballari); N Y Puttannaiah (Mysuru); Cinema/Television – Dr K J Yesudas (Chennai), Kanchana (Bengaluru), ‘Mukhyamantri’ Chandru (Bengaluru) and Hassan Raghu (Ramanagaram)
Dance/Music – Lalitha J Rao (Bengaluru), Rajaprabhu Dhotre (Belagavi), Rajendra Singh Pawar (Bidar), Veeresh Kittur (Gadag) and Ullala Mohan Kumar (Dakshina Kannada).
Folklore – Tamburi Jawaraiah (Mandya) and Shavamma (Koppal); Gorawara Mylarappa (Chitradurga); Tayamma (Chikkamagaluru); Manappa Erappa Lohar (Bagalkot), Krishnappa Govindappa Puradara (Haveri), Dengamma Karadigudda (Raichur); Yakshagana Bayalaata – Shivarama Jogi (Dakshina Kannada), B Krishnayaji (Uttara Kannada), K Pampapathi (Ballari) and Eshwarawwa Huchawwa Madar (Vijayapura).
Social Service – Meera Naik (Mysuru); Dr Ravindranath Shanbagh (Udupi) and Lieutenant General Ramesh Halagali (Bagalkot).
Others – Ramachandra Guha (Bengaluru), S Syed Ahmed (Bengaluru), H B Manjunath (Davangere), Dr K P Rajashekar (Mysuru) and Prof B Gangadhara Murthy (Chikkaballapur).
Sulpture/Art: G L N Simha (Mysuru), Shanamma Myageri (Yadgir), Honnappa Charya (Bengaluru), Manohar K Pattar (Vijayapura).
Agriculture/Environment – Dr Bisilaiah (Chamarajnagar), Abdul Khader Imam Sab (Dharwad), S M Krishnappa (Bengaluru Rural) and C Yatiraju (Tumakuru).
Journalism – Kusuma Shanbagh (Kodagu), A C Rajashekar (Ramanagaram), Vittappa Gorantli (Koppal) and Ramadeva Rake (Mandya)
Science/Technology – Dr M R Srinivasan (Bengaluru) and Dr Munivenkatappa Sanjappa (Kolar); Medicine – Dr Leelavathi Devadas; Sports – L Shekar Naik (Shivamogga); V R Raghunath (Kodagu) and Sahana Kumari (Dakshina Kannada).
Education – Dr P Shyamaraju (Bengaluru); Engineering – B A Reddy (Belagavi); Horanadu Kannadiga – Ronald Colaso (Dubai) and Organisation/Association – Naganooru Vachana Adhyayana Kendra and Prakashana (Belagavi).