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Kannada Rajyotsava Awardees - 2003

Four leading personalities of Mysore are among the 56 persons and four institutions conferred the annual Karnataka Rajyotsava awards. The awards are made by the Karnataka Government on the occasion of the birth of the enlarged Karnataka State on November 1.

Well-known writer and former Professor of Mysore University Dr. Pradhan Gurudutt, famous musician Dr. Mysore M. Manjunath, popular light music singer Ms. S.K.Vasumathi, and social worker Mr. K. Guru Rao are the four Mysoreans presented with the 2003 Rajyotsava awards in Bangalore today. The awards were presented by the Chief Minister, Mr. S.M.Krishna, at a function to celebrate Rajyotsava.

Dr. Pradhan Gurudutt: A scholar in Hindi, Dr. Pradhan Gurudutt is well known for his translations of Kannada works into Hindi and English languages. Among his translations are the famous works of Dr. K.V.Puttappa (Kuvempu) ‘Ramayana Darshanam’, and Dr.S.L.Bhyrappa’s famous novels ‘Bhithhi’, ‘Mandhra’ and ‘Daatu’ The magnum opus of late Kuvempu has been translated into Hindi and English, while Dr. Bhyrappa’s two novels into Hindi and ‘Daatu’ into English. He has also translated the recent work of the former Chief Minister of Karnataka, Mr. M. Veerappa Moily, titled ‘Ramayana Mahanveshanam’ into Hindi. Dr.Gurudutt has won accolades for his translations, which number around 150.

Even after retiring from the Mysore University, the Hindi scholar has a number of translation projects on hand. Twenty-four translations out of 48 works introducing the Central Sahitya Academy (Central Literary Academy) awardees have already seen print, while the rest are under progress. He is also planning translation of the 1600-page famous Hindi work ‘Jhoota Sach’ of renowned Hindi writer Yashpal into Kannada.

Dr. Pradhan Gurudutt joined the Kuvempu Institute of Kannada Studies of the Mysore University in 1967. He retired from service as a Reader of Kannada in 1998. He is presently a Visiting Professor of the Kuvempu Chair of the Institute.

Mysore Manjunath: Dr. Mysore M. Manjunath has earned fame as a violinist. He is the son of veteran violinist Mr. Mysore S. Mahadevappa. An early bird to the music field, Dr. Manjunath accompanied in his first concert at the age of nine alone. He secured first rank and a gold medal from the Mysore University and a similar recognition in the post-graduate course in music. In 1991, he had the distinction of scoring the highest marks and winning two gold medals and two prizes in the post-graduate course. Recently, he secured a Ph.D. degree from the Mysore University.

An ‘A’ grade artist of the All India Radio, the violinist has given several performances in India and abroad, along with his brother-musician Mysore M.Nagaraj. The duo have performed in the Radio Sangeeth Sammelans of the All India Radio, Madras Music Academy, National Unity Concerts, Doordarshan National Music Programmes, Trivandrum Palace Programme and Dasara Programmes in Mysore. He has won honours and titles for his mastery over the stringed instrument.

Vasumathi: Ms. S.K.Vasumathi is a very popular voice in the Mysore Station of All India Radio. She has been singing classical music and light music (Sugam Sangeeth) in the AIR for the last 45 years. She has composed music for over 200 songs of popular Kannada poets like Pu.Thi.Narasimhachar, Kuvempu and D.V.Gundappa, and won appreciation from these stalwarts of Kannada literary world. Ms. Vasumathi had made ‘Vanasuma’ programmes popular by singing the latest songs written by the Kannada poets. Not only the poems, the writers who had written those Kannada songs have also become popular because of her rendering.

Ms. Vasumathi has given performances in Hyderabad Doordarshan centre, apart from Mysore AIR. She has composed music for about 100 Haridasa compositions, including that of saint-composer Kanakadasa. In recognition of her service to music and light music, she has been conferred ‘Karnataka Kalashree’ and ‘Hamsa’ awards. She is the daughter of late S.B.Krishnaswamy.

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