Writer Chittal cremated

The last rites of renowned Kannada writer Yashwant Chittal were performed at Shivaji Park in Mumbai on Sunday. The 86-year-old fiction writer passed away at a private hospital in Mumbai late on Saturday.

He was admitted to the hospital on February 14 after he suffered a stroke. He is survived by his wife and two sons. 

Chittal was born in Hanehalli in Uttara Kannada district on August 3, 1928, and his elder brother Gangadhar Chittal, a renowned poet, was a great on influence on him.

Some of his works include “Shikhari,” “Kendra Vruttanta” and “Mooru Daarigalu,” which was also made into a film. His recent works were a collection of short stories “Koli Kooguva Munna” and a collection of essays “Antahkarana.”

He was a recipient of many awards such as the Pampa Prashasti given by the Karnataka government and the Central Sahitya Akademi award. He was also honoured by the Library of Congress in Washington, DC. The Library of Congress had acquired 15 of his titles, including those translated into English and other Indian languages.

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