Awards of Karnataka Government

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Pampa Award:

 
The Pampa Award, also known as the Pampa Prashasti, is the highest literary honour conferred by the Department of Kannada and Culture of the Karnataka government. It is named after Adikavi Pampa, the first Kannada poet. The award was established in 1987. Originally, the awards were given for a best single work by a Kannada writer but since 1996, the award is presented for lifetime contribution to Kannada literature.
 
The award comprises a cash prize of ₹5 lakh, a shawl, a citation, and a memento. The award ceremony is organised during the Kadambotsava, a cultural festival held annually in Pampa’s hometown of Banavasi in Uttara Kannada district.
 
Kuvempu was the first recipient of the award who was honoured for his work Sri Ramayana Darshanam (1949).
 
The recipients of the Pampa Award for their single work in Kannada is given below:
 
1987   Kuvempu  (Sri Ramayana Darshanam)
1988   T. N. Srikantaiah (Bharathiya Kavya Meemaamse)
1989   K. Shivaram Karanth (Mai Managala Sulliyali)
1990   S. S. Bhoosnurmath (Shoonya Sampadaneya Paramarshe)
1991   P. T. Narasimhachar (Shri Haricharitha)
1992   A. N. Murthy Rao (Devaru)
1993   Gopalakrishna Adiga (Suvarna Puthalli)
1994   Sediyapu Krishna Bhatta (Vichara Prapancha)
1995   K. S. Narasimhaswamy (Dundu Mallige)
 
Those recipients who have honoured for their lifetime contribution to Kannada literature include:
 
1996.  M. M. Kalburgi
1997   G. S. Shivarudrappa
1998   Javare Gowda
1999   Chennaveera Kanavi
2000   L. Basavaraju
2001   Poornachandra Tejaswi
2002   M. Chidananda Murthy
2003   Chandrashekhara Kambara
2004   H. L. Nage Gowda
2005   S. L. Bhyrappa
2006   G. S. Amur
2007   Yashwant V. Chittal
2008   T. V. Venkatachala Sastry
2009   Chandrashekhar Patil
2010   Govindray H. Nayak
2011   Baraguru Ramachandrappa
2012   D. N. Shankara Bhat
2013   Kayyar Kinhanna Rai
2014   G. Venkatasubbiah
2015   B. A. Sanadi
2016   Hampanā
2017   K.S. Nissar Ahmed
2018   S. Shettar
2019   Siddalingaiah
2020   C P Krishnakumar
2021   S.R.Ramaswamy
2022   Babu Krishnamurthy
2023   Na D’Souza
 
 
 
 

Basava Puraskar:

It is a national award given by the Government of Karnataka to individuals for their contribution in bringing about social reforms and social change and for promoting religious harmony. Named after the renowned philosopher, poet and Lingayat social reformer Basavanna, the award carries a cash prize of Rs 10 lakh along with a memento and a citation.

Basava Puraskar was first awarded in 2000 to Saraswathi Gora, a social reformer who campaigned against untouchability and caste system.

The complete list of recipients of this award is given below:

2000: Saraswathi Gora (Social worker, co-founder of the Atheist Centre)
2001: H. Narasimhaiah (Independence activist, physicist)
2002: Puttaraj Gawai (Social worker, musician)
2003: S. G. Susheelamma (Social worker, President of Sumangali Seva Ashram)
2005: L. Basavaraju (Professor, writer)
2006: Dr. A.P.J. Abdul Kalam (former President of India)
2007: Sri Shivakumar Swamiji (pontiff of the Siddaganga Matha)
2008: Vijaya Mahantappa Swami (Pontiff of Chittaragi Sri Vijaya Mahantheshwara Matha, Ilkal)
2009: Siddhalinga Mahaswami (Pontiff of Tontadarya Matha, Gadag)
2010: Javare Gowda (Writer, educationist)
2011: Ramzan Darga (Writer)
2012: U. R. Ananthamurthy (writer and activist)
2013: M. M. Kalburgi (scholar and epigraphist)
2014: Veerabhadra Chennamalla Swami (Pontiff of the Nidumamidi Matha)
2015: Go. Ru. Channabasappa (writer and folk scholar)
2016: Sindhutai Sapkal (Social worker)
2017: Patil Puttappa (Writer, journalist)
2018: H. S. Doreswamy (Independence activist, social worker and journalist)
2019: Chandrashekhar Patil (Writer, playwright)
2020: Anand Teltumbde (civil rights activist)
2021: Basavaliga Pattaddevaru (seer)
2022: Anand Teltumbde (Scholar, civil rights activist and and Ambedkarite
2023: Dr. N.G. Mahadevappa (noted research scholar and philosophy professor)

 

T Chaudaiah National Award:

T. Chaudaiah National Award is instituted by the Karnataka government in the field of instrumental music. The award is presented to a senior artist of the national level who has rendered exceptional service in instrumental music (Carnatic or Hindustani). The award is named after the renowned violinist from Mysore T. Chowdiah who achieved extraordinary feats in playing the violin and was popularly known as ‘Pitelu Choudaiah’. The award carries cash prize of Rs 10 lakh and a citation.

The previous recipients of this award include:

2023-24: Sriramulu (Nadaswara)
2022-23: Nityanand Haldipur (Flute)
2019-20: Pt. Narasimhalu Vadavati (clarinet)
2018:TN Krishnan
2017: Pt. Raghunath Nakod
2016: Vidwan T.H. Vinayaka Ram
2015: Suresh Talwalkar (tabla)
2014: L. Bhimachar
2013: Pandit Ramanarayana
2012: Prof. R. Visweswaran
2011: Pt. Seshagiri Hanagal
2010: S. Mahadevappa
2009:Mrs. N. Rajam
2008: A.K.C. Natarajan
2007: Dr. Puttaraja Gawailu
2006: Vellore G. Ramabhadran
2005: Dattatreya Sadasiva Garuda
2004: Dr. N. Ramani
2003: Pandit G.R. Nimbaragi
2002: Lalgudi G. Jayaraman (violin)
2001: R.K. Bijapure (harmonium)
2000: T.K. Murthy (mridangam)
1999: Ustad Allarakha (tabla)
1998: Kunnakkudi R. Vaidyanathan (violin)
1997: Dr. Rajiv Taranath (sarod)
1996: Dr. Veena Doreswamy Iyengar (Veena)
1995: Ustad Bismillah Khan (shehnai)

 

Gubbi Veeranna Award:

Named after Gubbi Veeranna, one of the pioneers of the Kannada theatre, this award is given for excellence in theatre (plays and acting). It was originally established in 1993 by the Karnataka government in memory of theatre legend Dr. Gubbi Veeranna. The award carries a cash prize of Rs. 5 lakh along with a plaque and shawl.

The following is the list of recipients of Gubbi Veeranna Award:

Yenagi Ballappa (1994)
Dr. B.V. Karanth (1995)
Dr. Girish Karnad (1996)
Master Hirannaiah (1997)
H.K. Yoganarasimha (1998)
P .B. Dhuttagiri (1999)
H. N. Hoogar (2000)
Smt. R. Nagaratnamma (2001)
Padmashree Chandodileela (2002)
B. R. Arishinagoodi (2003)
Basavaraj Gudigeri (2004)
Smt. Renukamma Murugoodu (2005)
Smt. G.V. Maalathamma (2006)
Smt. Subramma Munsooru (2007)
H. T. Arasu (2008)
P. Vajrappa (2009)
Pamillamma Gudoora (2010)
L.K.B. Aldal (2011)
Smt. Lakshmibai Yenagi (2012)
Fakirappa Varavi (2013)
Smt. Ranganayakamma (2014)
R. Paramashivan (2015)
Chindodi Srikantesh (2016)
Smt. Theresamma D’Souza (2017)
Prakash Kadapatti (2018)
Channabasaiah Gubbi (2022-23)
L.B. Shekha Mastara (2023-24)

 

Kanaka-Purandara Award:

The Kanaka-Purandara Award is named after famous Haridasas Kanaka and Purandara Dasa and is given to musicians for outstanding achievements in Carnatic music. The award was renamed in 2010 as “Shri Nijugana Purandara Award”. The award carries a cash prize of Rs 5 lakh.
The recipients of this award include:
Vidwan Titte Krishna Iyengar (1991)
Bhadragiri Achuthadar (2000)
Subbarao (2001)
Pandita Panchakshriswamy Matigatti (2002)
M.J. Srinivasa Iyengar (2003)
B.S.S. Kaushik (2006)
Venkatesha Godkindi, Bangalore (2009)
Lakshmanadas, Tumkur (2010)
Kurudi Venkannachar (2011)
P. Sangameshwara Gurava (2012)
Smt. Rajalakshmi Thirunarayanan (2013)
P. Raghunatha Nakod (2014)
Veliyawadi Rangaswamy Iyengar (2015)
Ganapathi Bhat Hassanagi (2016)
Ramdasappa (2017)
B S Matha (2018)
Smt. Gowri Kuppaswamy (2019)
M.K. Saraswathi (2022-23)
Akka Mahadevi Mutt (2023-24)

 

Shantala Natya Award:

The Shantala Natya Award, also known as the Shantala Natya Sri Award, is an annual award instituted by the Government of Karnataka in 1995 and is given for outstanding achievements in classical dance. The award is named after Queen Shantala of the Hoysala dynasty, known for her patronage of arts and architecture.
The award includes a plaque, shawl, garland, and a cash prize of ₹5 lakhs (as of 2009).

The recipients of this award include:

1995   K. Venkatalakshamma
1996   U. S. Krishnarao
1997   U.S. Krishnarao
1998   H. R. Keshava Murthy
1999   Maya Rao
2000   Muralidhara Rao
2001   S. Narmada
2002   Shachitarao
2003   C. Radhakrishna
2004.  Smt. Jayalakshmi Alva
2005   Smt. Leela Ramanathan
2006   K.B. Madhavrao
2007   T. S. Bhat
2008   K. M. Raman
2009   Ulalala Mohan Kumar
2010   Radha Sridhar
2011    Smt. Lalitha Srinivasan
2012    Dr. Vasundhara Doreswamy
2013.   Smt. Padmini Ramachandran
2014    Master Vithalashetti
2015    M. Shakuntala
2016    Ushadathar
2017    Nandini Ishwar
2018    B. Bhanumati
2022-23   Chitra Venugopal
2023-24   Revathi Narasimhan

 

Santa Shishunala Sharief Award:

The Santa Shishunala Sharief Award is presented by the Government of Karnataka in recognition of contributions to the field of classical music. The award is named after Saint Shishunala Sharifa, a revered social reformer, philosopher, and poet.

The recipients of Santa Shishunala Sharief Award include:

1995   Smt Jayantidevi Hirebet
1996   C. Aswath
1997   Smt. H.R. Lilavati
1998   Smt Anuradha Dhareshwar
1999   Shivamogga Subbanna
2000   H.K. Narayana
2001   M. Prabhakar
2002   Garthikere Raghana
2003   Smt Shyamala Jagirdar
2004   Murugodu Krishnadasaru
2005   Eshwarappa Minaji
2006   Smt C.K. Tara
2007   Keshava Guram
2008   Gudibande Ramachar
2009   T V Raju
2010   Smt. B.K. Sumitra
2011   Narayanrao Mane
2012   S. Somasundaram
2013   Smt. S K Vasumathi
2014   Rajaguru Guruswami Kalikeri
2015   Smt. Ratnammala Prakash
2016   Y.K. Muddukrishna
2017   Amin Sa Sharif
2018   Hussain Saab
2019   Pandita Vadiraja Nimbaragi
2022-23  Kasturi Shankar
2023-24  N.B. Shivalingappa

 

 

Varnashilpi Venkatappa Award:

The Varnashilpi Venkatappa Award is an annual award instituted by the Government of Karnataka in 1993 and is given for excellence in the field of painting. The award is named after Late Varnashilpi Venkatappa, a renowned painter. This award includes plaque, shawl, garland and cash reward of Rs. 5 lakhs.

The recipients of Varnashilpi Venkatappa Award include:
1994   Dr. K K. Hebbar
1995   H.V. Halabhavi
1996   M. A. Chetty
1997   K .R. Tippeswamy
1998   R. M. Hadapad
1999   M.J. Shudhodana
2000   M. S. Chandrashekar
2001   S.S. Manoli
2002   J .S. Khanderao
2003   S. G. Vasudev
2004   Yusuf Arakkal
2005   Vijaya Sindhoor
2006   B. K. Hubli
2007   Shankargowda Bettadooru
2008   M. B. Patil
2009   V. G. Andani
2010   K. Chandranath Acharya
2011   V. B. Heregowdar
2012   U. Bhaskar Rao
2013   K .T. Shivprasad
2014   V. T. Kaale
2015   Peter Louis
2016   Mahaveer Rayappa Balikayi
2017   Mahaveer Rayappa Balikayi
2018   Dr. C. Chandrashekar
2022-23   G.L.N. Simha
2023-24  Basavaraj L. Jane

 

 

Jakkanachari Award:

The Jakanachari Award is a prestigious recognition accorded by the Karnataka government to celebrate and promote the legacy of sculpture in the state. The award, which was instituted in 1995, carries a cash prize of Rs 5 lakh and includes a plaque, shawl and garland.

The recipients of Jakanachari Award include the following:

1995 C. Parameshwaracharya
1996 N.G. Neelakanthachar
1997 G.D. Mayacharya
1998 Ramachandra Shetty Gudigar
1999 K. Shyamaraya Acharya
2000 M. Parameswaracharya
2001 Dhananjaya Shilpi
2002 N K Mrityunjayacharya
2003 R.U. Kalachar
2004 K. Kashinath
2005 C. Siddhalingaiah
2006 N B Channappacharya
2007 M B Mayacharya
2008 R.Veerabhadrachar
2009 KC Puttannachar
2010 Venkatachalapathy
2011 Smt. Kanakamurthy
2012 G. B. Hansanandacharya
2013 Basanna Monappa Badigera
2014 Shanmukappa Kashappa Yarakada
2015 Smt. N. Pushpamala
2016 Y.Yankappa Sculptor
2017 Krishnamurthy H.N
2018 Lakshminarayan Acharya
2019 B N Yogiraj Sculptor
2020 Hussain D
2021 Shyamsunder Bhatt
2022 Mahadevappa Shambulingappa Shilpi
2023 S P Jayannachar

The other prestigious awards conferred by the Government of Karnataka include Ganayogi Pandith Panchakshari Gawai Award (Vocal singing), Sangolli Rayanna Award (socio-cultural), Akkamahadevi Award (socio-cultural), Kanakashree Award (socio-cultural), Prof. K.G. Kundanagara Gadinada Sahitya Award (literature), Danachintamani Attimabbe Award (literature), B.V. Karanth Award (theatre), Janapadashree Award (Instrumental Performance) and Kumaravyasa Award (music).

 

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