Kodagina Gowramma Endowment Award for the year 2018-19 was presented to writer and Government First Grade College Napoklu principal Dr Kaveri Prakash.
Rastrakavi Kuvempu’s daughter Tarini and writer Chidananda Gowda presented the award to Dr Kaveri, during a programme organised by Kannada Sahitya Parishat, on the birth anniversary of litterateur Kodagina Gowramma, in Madikeri on Wednesday.
Speaking on the occasion, Tarini said that the nature of Kodagu has inspired many writers and poets, including her father Kuvempu. “Malnad was close to his heart,” said Tarini.
Tarini further said that Kodagina Gowramma was known for her short stories in Kannada. Her writings reflected noble values.
Tarini recalled reading Gowramma’s stories during her childhood. Unfortunately, Gowramma’s lived only for 27 years, she added.
Writer Chidananda Gowda said that young writers of today should read the works of writers of yesteryear like Kodagina Gowramma.
Speaking after receiving the award, Dr Kaveri Prakash said that Kodagina Gowramma’s thoughts were rational and mature.
Her short stories came after a deep thought process and research, she added.
Dr Kaveri Prakash’s book ‘Kodavara Samskaragalu’ was selected for Kodagina Gowramma award by Kannada Sahitya Parishat.
Kannada Sahitya Parishat district president B S Lokesh Sagar, Kodagu Zilla Lekhakiyara Balaga president Kasturi Govinda Mayya and writer Susheela were present.