Famous Kannada poet Siddalingaiah died on Friday as a result of COVID-19 associated illnesses, sources near him stated.
Popularly referred to as “Dalita Kavi” (Dalit Poet), he was 67. He’s survived by spouse, a son and a daughter.
In keeping with the sources, he was admitted to a personal hospital for over a month and had been on ventilator assist for a while now.
His spouse too was contaminated by COVID-19 and has recovered.
Siddalingaiah was poet, playwright, essayist and a Dalit activist, and was one of many founders of the Dalita Sangharsh Samiti.
His notable works embody Holemadigara Haadu, Saaviraaru Nadigalu, Kappu Kaadina Haadu and Meravanige, amongst others.
He had written performs like Panchama, Ekalavya, and certainly one of his widespread essays was Gramadevathegalu.
A number of of his works have been translated into English and different languages and his Ooru Keri- an autobiography had gained him the Sahitya Akademi Award.
Siddalingaiah can be a recipient of Pampa Award- the very best literary award in Kannada, introduced by the State authorities, Nadoja Award by Hampi College and Rajyostava Award, amongst others.
He had additionally chaired the 81st Kannada Sahitya Sammelana (a premier gathering of Kannada literature) held in Shravanabelagola.
He had additionally served because the member of the Karnataka Legislative Council and Chairman of the Kannada Improvement Authority, a submit with Cupboard rank, and had taught Kannada at Bangalore College. Chief Minister BS Yediyurappa has condoled the demise of Siddalingaiah.
“In his demise, we’ve got misplaced an excellent author with social concern, who strove for the upliftment of the depressed courses,” the Chief Minister stated in his condolence message.
Former Prime Minister HD Deve Gowda, a number of of Mr Yediyurappa’s Cupboard colleagues and Chief of Opposition Siddaramaiah, JD(S) chief HD Kumaraswamy, amongst others, have categorical grief over Siddalingaiah’s demise.