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Kota Shivram Karanth was one of the giants of Indian literature. He was a novelist, playwright, essayist and much more. He was also an art historian, popularizer of science, actor, dancer, director, restorer of Yakshagana, educational pioneer, and environmentalist. He continued to be active till his death. The language in which Shivram Karanth wrote, Kannada, is the mother tongue of 45 million people and he has been a familiar name in every literate Kannada home for more than six decades.

He won every kind of honour open to an author in India-- the awards and fellowships of the Sahitya Akademi, as well of the Sangeet Natak Akademi, the Jnanpith prize and the Tulsi Samman, honorary doctorates from a dozen universities and the Padma Bhushan from the President of India (which he returned during the Emergency).Karanth was born & brought up in Kota which is a small town in Udupi district.

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