M. M. Kalburgi

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Full name Malleshappa M. Kalburgi
Born 1938
Main interests Kannada language

Malleshappa M. Kalburgi (born 1938) is a Kannada-speaking Indian scholar and academic who served as the Vice-Chancellor of Kannada University in Hampi. He was awarded the National Sahitya Akademi award in 2006 for Marga 4, a collection of hundred of his research articles.[1]

Kalburgi was born in Yargall village of Sindgi taluk of Bijapur district. His father Madivalappa and mother Guramma were from Yargall. Kalburgi's primary and high school education took place in his village and Sindgi. Kalburgi studied B.A from Bijapur.

Kalburgi completed his M.A. in Kannada from the Karnatak University Dharwar in 1962. In 1966, he was promoted to Professor in the Kannada Department of the Karnatak University. In 1982, he became the Chairperson of the Kannada Department. Later he was Vice-Chancellor of the Kannada University, Hampi and retired from service.

He is a noted Kannada epigraphist and a renowned scholar of the Vachana literature. However, his scholarship on the Vachanas has come under acute criticism in the 21st century.[2]


Kalburgi has written over 20 publications, including:

  • Neeru Neeradisittu
  • Sarangarshi
  • Kachhittu Kalyan


  • Karnataka State Sahitya Akademi Award
  • Kendra Sahitya Akademi award
  • Janapad Award
  • Yakshagana Award
  • Pampa Award
  • Nrupatunga Award


  1. ^ "Kalburgi gets Sahitya Akademi award". The Hindu. December 22, 2006. Retrieved 3 February 2010. 
  2. ^ Dunkin Jalki,ed. 2012. Bharatadalli Jaativyavasthe Ideye?: Jaativyavasthe Kuritu S.N Balagangadhara Mttu Avara Samshodhana Tandada Vichaaragalu [Is there a Caste System in India?: S.N. Balagangadhara and His Research Group’s Views on the Caste System]. Malladihalli: Anandakanda Granthamale