Jnanapitha Award Winner Chandrasekhara Kambara

Read this article to know about the National Jnanapitha award winner Chandrasekhara Kambara is a literary giant in the Kannada language and Karnataka State. Kambara is a famous playwright, poet, novelist, film actor, film director, fiction and short story writer. Kambar is a multifaceted personality who has worked for the furthering of the Kannada language and literature.

Chandrasekhara Kambara's early Life

Kambara was born Ghodageri village in the Belagavi district into a Vishwakarma family in 1937. In his school days Chandrasekhar Kambara was lucky to get the guidance e and suggestions from the novelist Krishnamurthy Puranik and Prof S S Bhusnoormath. This was a boon in shaping up his life. Kambara on his part did not spare any effort to achieve his goals in the life. His mother had influenced his life in his childhood nurtured his desire and talent in poetry by reciting folk songs and he had a good influence by this towards folk art and life. He has two elder brothers Parasappa and Yallappa, who are still staying in the small ancestral house of theirs in the native village. Kambara had his school studies in Gokak. During the schooling period his fees and expenses of school were paid by the Swamiji of Savalagi Math. He joined the Lingaraj College at Belgaum. He did his post graduation and Ph D at Dharwad from Karnataka University. In gratitude of the help of the Swamiji, his works will have some reference or other about the Swamiji.

Occupation of Chandrasekhara Kambara

He had worked in various capacities at various places. He started his work in Chicago University, USA. Thereafter he came to Bangalore and taught in Bangalore University. After that he founded the Kannada University at Hampi and was the founder and Vice Chancellor during the period of 1991 to 1998. He was the Chairman of the National School of Dram Society based at New Delhi. This was during the period from 1996 to 2000.

Awards Received by Chandrasekhara Kambara


Kambara won the Kamaaladevi chattopadyaya award by Karnataka Sahithya Academy for his book, a well known play with the name "Jokumaraswamy" in 1975. Again in the same year his play 'Natya Sangh' was selected as the 'best play' of the year. Another play "Jaisidanayaka" was selected and won the best play of the year award of 'Vardhamaana Prasasti'.

In 1982 his book "Saavirada Neralu" won the Ahan (a great poet of Malayalam) Award from Kerala as the best collection of poems.
In 1990 he won the K V Shankare Gowada Award for theatre.
In 1983 he received the Sangeet Natak Academy Award, New Delhi for his playwright. In 1991 his play 'Siri Sampige' won the Sahithya Academy Award, New Delhi. This work has been translated into the English Language.
This year, on 19th September, 2011 he got the Country's highest award in literary field the 'Jnanapeeth Award' in recognition for his contribution to the literary field. For the Kannada Language this is the 8th Jnanapeeth Award and he is the 8th recipient.

Major works of Chandrasekhara Kambara

Poetries written by Kambara

Mugulu; Helatena Kela; Takararinavaru (State Academy of Literature Award); Saavirada Neralu (Ashan Award — 1982, Kerala); Aayda Kavanagalu; Belli Meenu; Akkakku Haadugale; Haregina Helatena Kela; Chakori (Epic) Translated into English,Penguin Publication, India; Rocks of Hampi — Collection of Poems Translated into English by 0 L Nagabhnshana Swamy. Sahitya Academy, New Delhi 2004; and Elude Shivapura.

Plays of Chandrasekhara Kambara

Bembattida Kannu; Narcissus; Rishyasringa (this play is Filmed); Jokumaraswamy (received Smt. Kamaaladevi Chattopadhyaya Award of Natya Sangha for this as the Best Play and also received the State Academy of Literature Award) Translated into English in 1989), Marathi (in 2000) Hindi (in1985) Telugu (in1993) Tamil, Punjabi, Konkani and other Indian languages; Chalesha - Translated into Hindi in 1973; ) Sangha Balya Anabeko Naadolaga — 1975(Adaptation); Kittiya Kathe; Jaisidanayaka - Translated into Hindi in 1984 and English (received State Academy of Literature Award and Vardhamana Prasasti as the best book of' the year in Kannada); Alibaba —Translated into English in 2000 & and Hindi; Kaadu Kudure - it was Filmed and got National Award; Naayi Kathe – it is Filmed as 'Sangeeta' and got 5 State Awards; Kharokhara; Mathanthara; Harakeya Kuri – this was Filmed and got National Award in1983 and was translated into Hindi in 1989 and English; Kambara Avara Natakagalu; Sambashiva Prahasana - it is Translated into Hindi, English and Tamil; Siri Sampige – it got Sahitya Academy Award, New Delhi in 1991 & translated into English, Hindi, Marathi, Rajasthani, Tamil and other Indian Languages; Huliya Neralu – it was Filmed - translated into English, Hindi and Tamil; Boleshankara; Pushpa Rani; Tukrana Kanasu -translated into English and Hindi; Mahamayi — was translated into English and Hindi; Nela Sampige — a Collection of Plays of Kambara; and Jakkana.


Anna Tangi; Karimaayi it is Filmed; G.K.Mastarara Pranaya Prasanga it is Filmed for Doordarshan and translated into Hindi; Singarevva mattu Aramane — translated into English, Hindi and Malayalam – received State Academy of Literature Award; and Shikhara Soorya (Novel).


Uttara Karnatakada Janapada Rangabhumi; Sangya Balya; Bannisi Hadavva Nana Balaga; Bayalatagalu; Matado Lingave; Namma Janapada; Bandire Nanna Jadeyolage; Kannada Folklore Dictionary in2 Vols; Bedara Huduga Mattu Gill – received State Academy of Literature Award; Lakshapathi Rajana Kathe; Kasigondu Seru; Nelada Mareya Nidhana; An Anthology of Modern Indian Plays in 2 Volumes; Desheeya Chintana — a collection of articles on Culture and Literature; Marave Marmarave; and Idu Desi.

The above is illustrative to the fact that Sri Chandrasekhara Kambara richly deserved the Jnanapith award.


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