D. Javare Gowda is a Kannada author and winner of the Padma Shri and the Karnataka Ratna awards. He is known as "De Ja Gow" in literary circles. His guru was T.N. Srikantaiah.
Kannada as a classical language
He observed a dawn-to-dusk fast seeking classical language status for Kannada. He also threatened to return the Padma Shri if the Centre did not accord classical language status to Kannada by January 1, 2006.