The prestigious Jnanpith award for literary contribution to Kannada literature was announced to Dr Chandrashekhar Kambar who hails from village named Shivapur-Ghodgeri near Gokak taluk in Belgaum district.
He taught Kannada at Lingraj College for a few years and later moved to Bangalore, where he joined Bangalore University as a professor.
“Sangeetha”,”Sangya Baalya” and “Singarewwa Mattu Aramane” authored three books were made into movies. Dr Kambar wrote novels, short stories, dramas, poetry and folk literature. He also directed a film “Kaadu Kudure” (forest horse) for which he composed the music as well.
The versatile writer served as chairman of the National School of Drama and as president of the Karnataka Nataka Academy. Conferred with the Padmashri, he was a nominated member of the Karnataka Legislative Council, representing the Congress. He was the founder-vice-chancellor of the University of Hampi. His plays Jokumaraswamy and Sangya Balya have seen thousands of performances, not only in Kannada, but several other Indian languages as well.