Padma Shri winner and award-winning Kannada novelist Devanuru Mahadeva has been selected for the prestigious Kuvempu National Award. Hampa Nagarajaiah, the chairman of the Pratishtana, announced the award today.


The award is presented by the Kuvempu Pratishtaana, a trust dedicated to preserving the legacy of Karnataka's great poet Kuvempu. 

 

The award includes a purse of ₹ 5,00,000 and a citation. 

 

The award function will be held on 29th December in Kuppali, the childhood home of Kuvempu, where the trust runs a heritage museum in the village. 

 


The selection committee for the award included renowned Hindi writer Anwar Pasha, JNU's professor Kattimani and the Vice Chancellor of Madhya Pradesh University Prof. Purushottam Bilimale. 

 

Devanuru Mahadeva is considered as one of the great Indian writers and a stalwart in the Dalit community. He worked at the Central Food Technological Research Institute in Mysuru. 

 

Known among literary circles as a 'rebel', Mahadeva has rejected other awards in the past as protest for various issues. 

 

Mahadeva is also a Central Sahitya Academy awardee for his novel Kusuma Baale. In the 1990s he rejected the government's offer to nominate him to the Upper House of the Indian Parliament under the litterateur's quota.