Tulu academy picks 6 winners for book and honorary awards

Honorary award amount hiked from Rs 10,000 to Rs 50,000

Dr Indira Hegde, Koti Parava and Betha Kunha Kulal have been chosen by the Karnataka Tulu Sahitya Academy for its annual honorary award.

Announcing the awards on Saturday, Academy president M Janaki Brahmavar said that Indira Hegde has been chosen for Tulu literature, Koti Parava for Tulu folklore and Betha Kunha for Tulu Yakshagana.

“The award comprises Rs 50,000, a certificate and a memento. Till last year, the award amount was Rs 10,000. However, the Department of Kannada and Culture has allowed the Academy to hike the award amount from this financial year. It would be presented to them at a function in October. The date of the function is yet to be decided,” the president said.

In addition, Vasanthi Shetty Brahmavar’s ‘Guthudillada jaald’ (Tulu story), Chennappa Alike’s ‘Boolya’ (Tulu poems) and Shimanthooru Chandrahas Suvarna’s ‘Gaala’ (Tulu play category) have been chosen for Academy’s Book award. The award carries cash prize of Rs 25,000 and citation.

About the awardees
Dr Indira Hegde hails from Elathooru in Mangaluru taluk and is known for poems, novels and short stories. She had written a research book ‘Bantaru: Ondu Samajosamskrithika Adhyayana.’ Her other works are ‘Moolathanada Nagabrahma Mathu Parivara Daivagala Pad-dana’, ‘Tulunadina Gramadalitha Mathu Ajalu’, ‘Tuluvere Atil Aragani’ and ‘Siribari Loka Tulunadu’.

Koti Parava hails from Madavu in Puttur taluk and is continuing the tradition of daivaradhane. As a ‘Daiva Narthaka,’ he has been carrying out the tradition of ‘Ullakulu Muditha Nema.’ He is known for playing the roles of ‘Ullakulu Daiva,’ ‘Annappa-Panjurli,’ ‘Rakteshwari,’ ‘Rudra Chamundi,’ ‘Duggalaya,’ ‘Kodamanithaya,’ ‘Jumadi,’ ‘Satyadevathe’ and others.

Yakshagana artiste Betha Kunhi Kulal learnt Yakshagana from Vittal Shastri and later was an artiste in Sri Dharmasthala mela. He has served in Mulki, Saukooru, Kollur, Adi Subrahmanya Yakshagana melas. He is known for playing the characters of ‘Devendra,’ ‘Arjuna,’ ‘Hiranyaksha,’ ‘Indrajith,’ ‘Chennaiah’ and others.

Vasanthi Shetty Brahmavar has been writing poems, stories in Tulu. Some of her works are ‘Udalda Siri,’ ‘Lele Laisa.’ Through her works, she writes on the lifestyle and tradition in Tulu Nadu.

Shimanthooru Chandrahas Suvarna is known for his theatre-related work. ‘Gala’, the play with a social concern as theme, is an award-winning work of Suvarna.


P Chennappa Alike’s ‘Boolya’, a collection of poems, is his first published work. There are 39 poems in the collection of works.

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