II. Awards of the Karnataka Government:
• Basava Puraskar:
It is a national award given to individuals for their contribution in bringing about social reforms and social change and for bringing about religious harmony. It carries a cash prize of Rs 10 lakh. The previous recipients of this award include former President A.P.J. Abdul Kalam (2006) and pontiff of the Siddaganga Matha, Sri Shivakumar Swamiji (2007).
• K.K. Murthy Memorial Chowdiah Award:
The award, instituted by the Academy of Music in Bengaluru, carries a cash prize of Rs 1.5 lakh, a citation, a memento and a shawl. The awards for 2010 awards were presented to the acclaimed musician Pandit Jasraj and Carnatic vocalist Nagamani Srinath.
• Gubbi Veeranna Award:
Named after Gubbi Veeranna, one of the pioneers of the Kannada theatre, this award is given for excellence in theatre. P.B. Duttargi and B. V. Karanth are some of the earlier recipients of this award.
• Kanaka-Purandara Award:
The Award, which is given for talented musicians, carries a cash prize of Rs 3 lakh. The award was renamed in 2008 as ‘Nijaguna-Purandara’ Award. The 2008 Award was conferred on Chokkamma of Mysore.
• Shantala Natya Award:
The Award, given in the field of dance, carries a cash prize of Rs 3 lakh. The 2008 Award was conferred on K.M. Raman of Tumkur. Maya Rao and Shanta Rao were some of the previous recipients of this award.
• Shishunala Sharief Award:
This award is given in the field of light music. The Award for 2006 was given to singer C.K. Tara of Mysore.
• Varnashilpi Venkatappa Award:
This award is given in the field of painting. The award for 2007 was given to Shankargowda Bettadur of Raichur.
• Jakkanachari Award:
This Award is given in the field of sculpture and carries a cash prize of Rs 3 lakh. The Award for 2008 was given to well-known sculptor R.Veerabhadrachar of Bengaluru.