Gopalakrishna Adiga

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Gopalakrishna Adiga
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Born1918 (1918)
Mogeri, South Canara, Madras Presidency, British India
(present-day Kundapura taluk, Udupi district, Karnataka, India)
Died1992 (aged 73–74)
Bangalore, Karnataka
OccupationPoet, writer, professor
Literary movementNavya

Mogeri Gopalakrishna Adiga (1918–1992) was a modern Kannada poet. He is known by some commentators as the "pioneer of New style" poetry.[1]


As editor of Saakshi magazine he helped bring Kannada literature to the masses.[2]

Adiga's grandson is Manu Raju, Senior Political reporter for CNN.[3]


In the 1950s and 1960s Adiga was a teacher in Mysore.[4] From 1964 until 1968 he was the principal of Lal Bahadur College in Sagara, and from 1968 until 1971 he was Principal of Poorna Prajna College in Udupi.[5] He later worked as the Deputy Director for the National Book Trust of India.[citation needed]

Although Adiga taught English literature, he wrote almost exclusively in Kannada, except for a single poem in English on Rabindranath Tagore in 1961. It seems that he wrote this at the request of M.N.Roy for the Radical Humanist magazine.[citation needed]

His style has been described[by whom?] as a response to the independence of India from British rule in 1947. The style called Navya was generally about the new times. Inspired by modern Western literature and Indian tradition, he set out to portray the "disillusionment and angst of the times".[5]

In 2007, Nadig brought out Selected Poems, Gopalakrishna Adiga, a work commissioned by Bharatiya Sahitya Parishat (the Indian Academy of Literature).[citation needed]

His poetic style is revealed in his 1957 poem "Prarthane" (Prayer).[citation needed]


plying the well-known pumps of heraldic praise
your hirelings bend double; others, gouty wagtails,
lick the land for crumbs; one snuffs his candle out
and seeks like a eunuch leech
the warm marshes in the cracks of light;
another sissy gives his back to the time-fed rumps
and sheathes his dagger deep.
I am not of these.


  • Bhavataranga - 1946
  • Ananthe - 1954 (novel)
  • Bhoomi Geetha - 1959
  • Mannina Vasane (book of essays) - 1966
  • Vardhamana - 1972
  • Idanna Bayasiralilla (poems) - 1975
  • Samagra Kavya (collection of poems) - 1976
  • [1] Sakshi (Magazine) - 1962


  • "ಇರುವುದೆಲ್ಲವ ಬಿಟ್ಟು ಇರದುದರೆಡೆಗೆ ತುಡಿವುದೆ ಜೀವನ?" (Iruvudellava bittu iradudaredege tudivude jeevana?)

Is life leaving everything we have and craving for things which we do not have?

  • "ಮೌನ ತಬ್ಬಿತು ನೆಲವ" (mouna tabbitu nelava)[6]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ The Hindu - 26 September 2002
  2. ^ Gopalakrishna Adiga remembered The Hindu - 4 October 2004
  3. ^
  4. ^ The Mysore generation The Hindu - 25 Apr 2004.
  5. ^ a b "Indian Poets Writing In Kannada". Archived from the original on 26 October 2009. Retrieved 8 October 2010.CS1 maint: BOT: original-url status unknown (link) - Indian Poets
  6. ^ QUOTES about Aswath - C. Aswath