K. S. Nissar Ahmed
|K.S. Nissar Ahmed
5 February 1936 |
Devanahalli, Kingdom of Mysore, British India
|Notable works||Manasu Gandhi Bazaru(1960)
|Notable awards||Padma Shri
K.S. Nissar Ahmed (Kannada: ಕೆ.ಎಸ್.ನಿಸಾರ್ ಅಹಮದ್, born February 5, 1936) is a prominent Indian poet and writer in Kannada language. His full name is Kokkare Hosahalli Shekh Haider Nissar Ahmed. His father K.S. Haider was a sanitary inspector and a teacher before joining the Revenue Department in Bangalore. He is a post-graduate in Geology, worked as an Assistant Geologist in The Mysore Mines and Geology at Gulbarga before coming in touch with Kuvempu and was invited to the Kannada poet's meet during Dasara festival in 1959. He worked as a lecturer in Geology in Central College, Bangalore and then in Chitradurga. Later he taught in the Sahyadri First Grade College in Shimoga for two terms during 1967-72 and 1975-1978.
He is best known for "Nityotsava" (ನಿತ್ಯೋತ್ಸವ). In 1978, when the first audio cassette in Kannada light music was released, the song "Nityotsava" became popular, not only because of the tune, but also because of the lyrics.
Nissar Ahmed has translated Chilean poet Pablo Neruda’s poems under the title Bari Maryadastare (ಬರೀ ಮರ್ಯಾದಸ್ತರೆ - Only Decent People) into Kannada. Ahmed’s own poems include Kurigalu saar naavu kurigalu (ಕುರಿಗಳು ಸಾರ್ ಕುರಿಗಳು), Bharatavu namma desha (ಭಾರತವು ನಮ್ಮ ದೇಶ) (translation of Sir Mohammed Iqbal’s Saare jahaan se accha (सारे जहां से अच्छा)) and Benne kadda namma Krishna (ಬೆಣ್ಣೆ ಕದ್ದ ನಮ್ಮ ಕೃಷ್ಣ). His poem Nimmodaniddu, nimmantaagade (ನಿಮ್ಮೊಡನಿದ್ದು, ನಿಮ್ಮಂತಾಗದೆ) painfully narrates the dilemma which he had to go through to retain his religious roots.
- Pampa Award
- Rajyotsava Award (1981)
- Nadoja Award (2003)
- Padma Shri (2008)
- Honorary doctorate from Kuvempu University
- "NITYOTSAVA: Pgm by Nisar Ahmed on Mar 28". Retrieved 7 December 2010.
- "Glad a Kannadiga’s name has gone all the way to Delhi: Nisar". The Hindu. 27 January 2008. Retrieved 7 December 2010.
- "Subhadramma Mansur receives Nadoja Award". The Hindu. 7 January 2004. Retrieved 15 December 2010.
- "Padma Awards Directory (1954-2009)". Ministry of Home Affairs. Retrieved 7 December 2010.
- "Kuvempu University honour for six". Deccan Herald. Retrieved 7 December 2010.