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Chowta, Shantharam get Tulu academy awards

Staff Correspondent



Vijaya B. Shetty, Korapolu, Sachidananda Hegde, Keshava Kudla, Shantharam Kalladka and D.K. Chowta






MANGALORE: Senior Tulu writer and the author of much acclaimed Tulu novel “Mithabail Yamunakke” D.K. Chowta and the maker of famous Kalladkka “gombes” (huge dancing dolls taken out in processions) Shantharam Kalladkka were among those who have been chosen for Karnataka Tulu Sahitya Academy's honorary award for 2010.

Mr. Chowta has been chosen for the honorary award in literature category and Mr. Kalladka in theatre category.

The third person chosen for the honorary award was Korapolu of Sullia in folk category. She can sing many Tulu ballads.

Announcing the award at a press conference here on Friday president of the academy, Paltady Ramakrishna Achar said that each of them would be given away Rs. 10,000 cash, a certificate, a memento and a shawl.

Book award

Keshava Kudla, a writer, had been chosen for the book award for his work Mayeya Eradu Natakagalu. It is a Kannada version of original Tulu work Mayeda Raddu Natakolu by D.K. Chowta. The book comprises two drama scripts. The others chosen for the book award were Sachchidanana Hegde of Udupi for his research work Tulunadavara Samaja and Vijaya B. Shetty of Salettur for her Tulu novel Tanne Toduda Sonne.

The book award comprises Rs. 5,000 in cash, a certificate, a memento and a shawl.

Both the awards will be presented at a function in Puttur on May 1 at 2.30 p.m., Mr. Achar said.

Honorary award

Mr. Achar said that “Pilipatti Gadas” a drama written by Mr. Chowta had been staged for more than 200 times. It had been translated to Kannada. His most noted novel Mithabail Yamunakke was now being translated to English.

It and his other works Kariyavarajjena Kathekkolu and Dharmethimaye had been translated to Kannada.

He said that U.R. Ananthamurthy has hailed Mithabail Yamunakke as one of the best novels written among Indian languages.

Ms. Korapolu (66) from Sullia was from Scheduled Castes. She could narrate 50 stories from her memory. She can sing “paddhanas” (sung narratives or ballads) of 20 bhootas and sing 26 different songs sung during paddy transplantation.

Mr. Kalladkka had written 65 dramas including 45 in Tulu. He made the famous Kalladkka “gombes” (huge dancing dolls being taken out in processions). His dancing dolls are known all over the State.

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