Karnataka state government celebrates Vishwamanava Day on 29 December

Highlights: 

  • Karnataka state government has observed December 29 as the Vishwamanava Day.
  • In a first, the government celebrated the legendary poet Kuvempu 's birthday as Vishwamanava Day in all districts of the state.
  • Kuvempu's poetry asked people to find god away from temples, churches and mosques, and become universal citizens.
  • The need of the hour is to make every child a Vishwamanava (universal citizen).
  • Observing the day will create a scientific temperament among youngsters.
  • Kuvempu's revolutionary poems have condemn superstition.
  • The anti-superstition bill does not mean we abandon all religions but those practices which are anti-development.
  • Kannada scholar Hampa Nagarajaiah, who played a major role in the government observing Vishwamanava Day on Kuvempu's birthday, recalled his association with the poet.
  • Kuvempu started writing when Kannada literature didn't boast of any major works.
  • His concept of the universal citizen is derived from his thorough readings of Pampa.
  • Kuvempu with the Padma Bhushan (1958) and Padma Vibhushan (1988) titles.
  • Puttappa is the first Kannada writer to get Jnanpith in 1967.
  • The poet's ancestral house has been converted into a memorial.
  • Kannada Legendary  poet late K V Puttappa (Kuvempu) house was burgled on wee hours.
  • Earlier, the robbery was happened in Kuvempu birthplace among the stolen articles is his Padma awards  and citations.

Brief History:

  • Kuvempu was born in Hirekodige in Koppa taluk of the Chikmagalur district, Karnataka, to a Vokkaliga Kannada family.
  • Kuppali Venkatappa Puttappa was born on29 December 1904.
  • He was died on 11 November 1994.
  • He was popularly known by the pen name Kuvempu.
  • He was was a Kannada novelist, poet, playwright, critic and thinker.
  • He is widely regarded as the greatest Kannada poet of the 20th century.
  • He is the first among Kannada writers to be decorated with the prestigious Jnanpith Awardthe Government of Karnataka decorated him with the honorific Rashtrakavi ("national poet") in 1958 and Karnataka Ratna ("Gem of Karnataka") in 1992.