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Akka Mahadevi (12th century) Great poetess from Karnataka who sang Lord Shiva's glory. Her poetry in Kannada is known as Vachanas
Basaveshwara Saint, Reformer of Hinduism; declared that work was worship; noted Kannada poet who sang Vachana or Promise poems
Bhyrappa S.L. An important novelist of Kannada language. Parva, Vamshavriksha are some of his great works.
Dattatraya R. Bendre Kannada Poet and Jnanapeeth award winner [more]
Girish Karnad (1938-) Kannada playwright, actor and director; Jnanapeeth awardee
Janavashya A 15th century Kannada work by Kallarasa on practice of sex as an art and a science form. [more]
Kallarasa Kannada writer of 15th century credited with the erotic work Janavashya
Kannada Language spoken by people of the Karnataka State [more]
Lankesh Patrike A popular Kannada language tabloid started by writer P. Lankesh in 1979. It rediculed Indian caste and political systems.
Masti Venkatesh Iyengar Kannada short story writer; Jnanapeeth awardee; works include Madakari Nayaka
Pampa (902-975 A.D.) Kannada poet and creator of Adipurana and Vikaramarjuna Vijaya [more]
Ponna (939-966 A.D.) Among the first great poets of Kannada language; works include Shantipurana and a lost text by name of Bhuvanaikaramabhyudayam [more]
Puttappa K. V. Popular Kannada poet and writer; Jnanapeeth award winner; works include Sri Ramayana Darshanam, Kanooru Heggaditi [more]
Raghavanka Kannada poet who introduced six-lined stanzas. Important work includes Somanath Charitra dealing with conquest of Veerasaivism over Jainism
Ranna (b 949 A.D.) A great Jain poet of Kannada [more]
Sarvajna Pen Name of a great Kannada poet of medieval time
Vikramarjuna Viajya (a.k.a Pampa Bharat) A 10th century Kannada classic by poet Pampa.


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