Kannada writer Dr Chennaveera Kanavi has passed away
Prominent Kannada writer Dr Chennaveera Kanavi died at the age of 94 at SDM Hospital in Dharwad on Wednesday morning from age-related complications, family sources said.
As a mark of respect for the writer, the Government of Karnataka ordered that his last rites be performed with police honors.
Born on June 29, 1928 in Hombal village in Gadag district to Sakkarappa, a schoolteacher, and Parvatavva, a housewife, Kanavi received his early education in the village and later completed his higher education in Dharwad.
Saddened to learn of the passing of the great Kannada poet and writer Chennaveera Kanavi Ji. His work will inspire generations. My thoughts are with his family and fans at this sad time. Om Shanthi
— Jagat Prakash Nadda (@JPNadda) February 16, 2022
Kanavi had written over 15 books, which were a compilation of poems, a collection of essays, and various other books.
The writer had won the Sahitya Akademi prize for his book “Jeevadhwani”. Furthermore, he was awarded Rajyotsava Award, Pampa Award, Nadoja Title, Nrupathunga Award, Sahitya Bangara Award and several other awards.
Karnataka Chief Minister Basavaraj Bommai has expressed his sorrow over Kanavi’s passing.
“Kanavi was one of the most creative writers in the Kannada literary world. He and his family were very close to me for the past four decades. He was a personification of humility who won hearts with his sweet and gentle nature,” Bommai recalled.
Recalling that Kanavi has been honored with many prestigious awards including the Nadoja award, the Chief Minister said the litterateur has raised the stature of the awards.
“The Kannada literary world suffered a huge loss in his death. It is unfortunate that we are losing so many great names in literature like Champa, Siddalingaiah and now Kanavi. New writers should take inspiration from these great writers and rise up to achieve the highest glory,” Bommai said.
Karnataka Ministers ST Somasekhar, CC Patil, V Somanna, former Chief Ministers Siddaramaiah, BS Yediyurappa, HD Kumaraswamy and many public officials also expressed condolences over Kanavi’s passing.