Noted Kannada poet Siddalingaiah died on Friday attributable to COVID-19 associated illnesses, sources near him stated.
Popularly often called “Dalita Kavi” (Dalit Poet), he was 67. He is survived by spouse, a son and a daughter.
According to the sources, he was admitted to a personal hospital for over a month and had been on ventilator help 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 embrace Holemadigara Haadu, Saaviraaru Nadigalu, Kappu Kaadina Haadu and Meravanige, amongst others.
He had written performs like Panchama, Ekalavya, and one in all his standard essays was Gramadevathegalu.
Several of his works have been translated into English and different languages and his Ooru Keri- an autobiography had received him the Sahitya Akademi Award.
Siddalingaiah can also be a recipient of Pampa Award- the very best literary award in Kannada, offered by the State authorities, Nadoja Award by Hampi University 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 Development Authority, a submit with Cabinet rank, and had taught Kannada at Bangalore University. Chief Minister BS Yediyurappa has condoled the loss of life of Siddalingaiah.
“In his death, we have lost a great writer with social concern, who strove for the upliftment of the depressed classes,” the Chief Minister stated in his condolence message.
Former Prime Minister HD Deve Gowda, a number of of Mr Yediyurappa’s Cabinet colleagues and Leader of Opposition Siddaramaiah, JD(S) chief HD Kumaraswamy, amongst others, have categorical grief over Siddalingaiah’s loss of life.