Press Esc to close

Na D'Souza to chair Kannada literary fest

Shimoga, Dec 4, 2013, DHNS: 2:20 IST
Na D'Souza
Kannada novelist Norbert D’Souza, popularly known as Na D’Souza, has been selected president of the 80th All India Kannada Sahitya Sammelana slated to be held in Madikeri, January 7-9 next year.

Seventy-six-year-old D’Souza is known for his novels, plays, children’s books and short stories. He has contributed immensely to Kannada literature in the last three decades.

D’Souza joined the Public Works Department as a second division clerk after completing his intermediate in Shimoga. Though he worked in the government department for 37 years, he pursued his interest in the literary field.

His two novels ‘Dweepa’ (Island) and ‘Kadina Benki’ (Forest Fire) have been made into films which won national awards.

Girish Kasaravalli made a film based on ‘Dweepa’ with the same title. It deals with the raging issue of building dams and the displacement of natives. It won the Swarna Kamal Best Film Award.

‘Kadina Benki’ was also made into a film with the same title by Suresh Heblikar in 1998. It also won the National Film Award for Best Feature Film.

His novels ‘Mulugade’ and ‘Kolaga’ were prescribed for study in Mangalore University and Bangalore University, respectively. Significantly, the Oxford University Press published his novel ‘Dweepa’ recently.

D’Souza has not confined himself to literary pursuits. Unlike many writers, he identified himself with several movements espousing the cause of Nature in particular and public good in general.

He was also part of the agitation against the delay in the railway gauge conversion between Shimoga and Talaguppa in Sagar taluk. The work has since been completed.

Go to Top

More from this section
Most trending stories
Photo Gallery
People celebrate Latthmaar Holi in Barsana near Mathura on Saturday...

People celebrate Latthmaar Holi in Barsana near Mathura on Saturday...

An olive ridley turtle makes nest to lay eggs during mass nesting at Rushikulya of Ganjam...

An olive ridley turtle makes nest to lay eggs during mass nesting at Rushikulya of Ganjam...

A girl with umbrella sells vegetables during light rains, at the banks of Dal Lake in Srinagar...

A girl with umbrella sells vegetables during light rains, at the banks of Dal Lake in Srinagar...

Actor Rani Mukherji poses with differently-abled children during Hichki Teachers Award...

Actor Rani Mukherji poses with differently-abled children during Hichki Teachers Award...

Artists perform on the ocassion of 'Fag Mahotsav' ahead of Holi festival at Govind Dev Ji Temple...

Artists perform on the ocassion of 'Fag Mahotsav' ahead of Holi festival at Govind Dev Ji Temple...

People celebrate Latthmaar Holi during the Latthmaar Holi celebrations, in Barsana near...

People celebrate Latthmaar Holi during the Latthmaar Holi celebrations, in Barsana near...

Policemen are surrounded by teargas during an anti-facism demonstration in Milan, Italy. Reuters

Policemen are surrounded by teargas during an anti-facism demonstration in Milan, Italy. Reuters

A teakwood display team of Army Service Corps displays their skills during a horse show at...

A teakwood display team of Army Service Corps displays their skills during a horse show at...

A teakwood display team of Army Service Corps displays their skills during a horse show at ...

A teakwood display team of Army Service Corps displays their skills during a horse show at ...

Congress President Rahul Gandhi, Karnataka Chief Minister M Siddaramaiah, Senior leader...

Congress President Rahul Gandhi, Karnataka Chief Minister M Siddaramaiah, Senior leader...

Like us on Facebook

Copyright 2017, The Printers (Mysore) Private Ltd., 75, M.G Road, Post Box 5331, Bengaluru - 560001
Tel: +91 (80) 25880000 Fax No. +91 (80) 25880523
Powered by Yodasoft Technologies Pvt. Ltd.