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Kannada writer S L Bhyrappa chosen for Saraswati Samman 2011

Kannada writer S L Bhyrappa was selected for the prestigious Saraswati Samman for his novel ‘Mandra’.

Prof Bhyrappa was selected by the jury headed by former Chief Justice of India G B Patnaik. The award, constituted by K K Birla Foundation, consists of Rs 7.50 lakh, a citation and a plaque.
"After consideration of the works published in 22 Indian languages during 2000-2009, the Chayan Parishad (jury) selected ‘Mandra’, a novel in Kannada by Prof Bhyrappa for the 20th Saraswati Samman," a statement said here.
The 75-year-old writer has so far authored 22 novels, the first being ‘Bheemakaya’ in 1959. He is one of the best selling novelists in Kannada over the past 25 years.
‘Mandra’ is one of the most acclaimed epic novels of Prof Bhyrappa.
Saraswati Samman was instituted in 1991 and is given every year on an outstanding literary work written in any Indian language mentioned in schedule VII of the Constitution by an Indian citizen and published during the last 10 years.




Date of Birth: 20-8-1931
Qualifications: M.A Philosophy, 1958; Ph.D in Aesthetics, 1963
Occupation: Professor of Philosophy (Retired)

Professor S.L. Bhyrappa is the bestselling novelist in the southern Indian language of Kannada over the last 25 years, the bestselling novelist in Marathi over the past decade and he has been a top five bestselling author in Hindi. He is a serious literary artist, always concerned with fundamental human conditions and predicaments. In addition to his profound knowledge of Indian philosophical and cultural traditions, Professor Bhyrappa has since childhood had intense personal experiences in both rural and urban settings. Drawing on this, his characters grow from the Indian soil. Seminars have been and are being held on his novels, and many volumes of literary criticism have been published on his works. His books have been assigned to the curriculum of undergraduate and postgraduate degree courses by the universities in the state of Karnataka, and have been the subject of Ph.D dissertations.



Kavalu (Branch)
Aavarana (Veil); 22nd reprint within 18 months of publication
Mandra (Musical note); 5th reprint
Saartha (Caravan); 6th reprint
Bhitti (Canvas [Autobiography]); 6th reprint
Tantu (Fibre); 6th reprint
Anchu (Edge); 5th reprint
Sakshi (The Witness); 5th reprint
Nele (The Foundation); 6th reprint
Parva (The Epoch); 9th reprint
Anveshana (Search); 7th reprint
Daatu (Crossing Over); 8th reprint
Grahana (The Eclipse); 7th reprint
Jalapaata (TheWaterfall); 9th reprint
Niraakarana (Rejection); 8th reprint
Grihabhanga (The Broken Home); 8th reprint
Tabbaliyu Neenaade Magane (Son, You Are An Orphan); 8th reprint
Naayi-Neralu (The Dog and the Shadow); 10th reprint
Vamshavriksha (Scion); 13th reprint
Matadaana (Casting Vote); 9th reprint
Doorasaridaru (Moved Apart); 10th reprint
Dharmashree; 11th reprint
Bheemakhaya (The Wrestler); 3rd reprint

Novels translated into English

The Caravan (Saratha), transl. S. Ramaswamy (New Delhi: Oxford University Press)
Crossing Over (Daatu), transl. Pradhan Gurudatta & David Mowat (Delhi: B.R. Publishing)
The Witness (Sakshi), transl. S.L. Bhyrappa & Sharon Norris (Chennai: East West Books (Madras) Pvt. Limited)
Scion (Vamshavruksha), transl. S.L. Bhyrappa & Sushuma Chandrasekhar (Chennai: East West Books (Madras) Pvt. Limited)
Parva, transl. K. Raghavendra Rao (New Delhi: Sahitya Akademi)

Academic publications in English

Values in Modern Indian Educational Thought (New Delhi: National Council of Educational Research and Training)
Truth & Beauty: A Study in Correlations (Baroda: M.S.University Press)
Research Papers published in various Journals like Indian Philosophical Quarterly, Darshana International, Journal of University of Baroda, etc.

Films based on S.L. Bhyrappa’s novels

Naayi Neralu (The Dog and the Shadow) (Kannada) directed by G. Kasaravalli
Matadana (Casting Vote) (Kannada) directed by T.N. Sitaram
Vamshavriksha (Scion) (Telugu) directed by Mr. Babu
Godhuli (The Orphan) (Hindi) directed by G. Karnad and B.V. Karanth
Tabbaliyu Neenaade Magane (The Orphan) (Kannada) directed by G. Karnad and B.V. Karanth
Vamshavriksha (Scion) (Kannada) directed by B.V. Karanth and G. Karnad

Television series based on S.L. Bhyrappa’s novels

Grihabhanga (The Broken Home) (Kannada)


Literary awards

Honorary D.Litt from Karnataka University-Dharwad
Honorary D.Litt from Gulbarga University
Hedgewar Award (Calcutta)
NTR Award (Andhra Pradesh)
Pampa (Karnataka State) Award
Honorary D.Litt from Karnataka Government Open University, Mysore
Samanyajnana Award for Contribution to Literature
S. R. Patil Award for Contribution to Literature
Gorur Award for Contribution to Literature
Award of the Bharatiya Bhasha Parishat, Samvatsar Puraskar (Calcutta) for Tantu (Fibre)
Masti Award for Contribution to Literature (Bangalore)
Granthaloka (The Book World) Best Literary Work of the Year Award for Saakshi (The Witness)
The Karnataka State Award for Total Contribution to Literature
The Karnataka Sahitya (Literary) Academy Award for Contribution to Literature
Central Sahitya Academy (Institute of Letters) Best Literary Work Award (New Delhi) for Daatu (Crossing Over)
The Karnataka State Sahitya (Literary) Academy Best Literary Work of the Year Award (Bangalore) for Daatu (Crossing Over)
The Karnataka State Sahitya (Literary) Academy Best Literary Work of the Year Award for Vamshavriksha (The Uprooted)

Awards for films based on S.L. Bhyrappa’s novels

International Film Festival of Mumbai MAMI Best Film Award for Naayi Neralu (The Dog and the Shadow) (Kannada)
Osian’s Asian Film Festival, CINEFAN, Jury Award in the Indian Film Category for Naayi Neralu (The Dog and the Shadow)
Karachi International Film Festival Best Feature Film Award for Naayi Neralu (The Dog and the Shadow)
Karantaka State Film Award for Naayi Neralu (The Dog and the Shadow)
The Government of India Best Regional Feature Film Award for Matadana (Casting Vote) (Kannada)
The Government of India Best Feature Film Award for Godhuli (The Orphan) (Hindi)
The Government of India Best Feature Film Award for Vamshavriksha (Scion) (Kannada)

Scholarships and other honours (selected)

One of the five member of the Indian Literary Delegation, invited to visit China by the Government of China
Ford Foundation Award to visit the USA to study the cultural problems of Indian immigrants to the USA
British Council Fellowship tenured at the School of Education, University of London

Conferences (selected)

International Conference, University of Udine, Italy
President, Association of Kannadighas Meeting, Dubai
Association of Kannada Koota America, Washington DC, USA
President of the 67th All India Kannada Literary Conference, Kanakapure, India
President, World Kannada Sammelana, Phoenix, USA
Inaugural Address, All Indian Marathi Literary Conference, Goa, India
East-West Writers Meeting, Bled, Slovenia
Representative of India, UNESCO Seminar on Moral Education, Tokyo, Japan
Chairman and President of over 25 literary conferences held in India

Membership of literary associations (selected)

Executive Board, Central Sahitya Academy (Institute of Letters), New Delhi, India
Executive Board, Karnataka Sahitya (Literary) Academy, Bangalore, India
Life Member: Indian Philosophical Congress

Novels translated into other Indian languages 
(publication information available upon request)

Vamshavriksha: Telugu, Marathi (3rd Edition), Hindi (4th edition) & Urdu.
Naayi-Neralu: Gujarathi, Hindi (3rd edition)
Tabbaliyu Neenaade Magane: Hindi (3rd edition)
Grihabhanga: All 14 Indian Languages by the National Book Trust, India
Niraakarana: Hindi (3rd edition)
Daatu: All 14 Indian Languages by Sahitya Akademi, New Delhi.
Anveshana: Marathi, Hindi (2nd Edition)
Parva:Marathi (2nd Edition), Hindi (3rd Edition), Tamil, Telugu & Bengali
Nele: Hindi
Saakshi: Hindi
Anchu: Marathi, Hindi
Tantu:Marathi, Hindi (2nd Edition)
Saartha: Hindi, Sanskrit, Marathi
Bhitti: Marathi, Hindi
Dharmashree: Sanskrit, Marathi
Naaneke Barayuttene: Marathi

Interests and hobbies

Dr Bhyrappa is an avid listener of both Indian and Western classical music and has an interest in art and sculpture. He has trekked in the Alps, the Rockies, Andes and in Fujiama, but the Himalayas including Manasa Sarovara remain as his greatest passion. He is widely travel covering all the continents except Australia. He has taken expedition to Siberia, Antartica and Alaska.


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