Karnataka state government celebrates Vishwamanava Day on 29 December
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
Observing the day will create a scientific temperament among
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
Puttappa is the first Kannada writer to get Jnanpith in
The poet's ancestral house has been converted into a
Kannada Legendarypoet 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 awardsand citations.
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
He is widely regarded as the greatest Kannada poet of the
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.