H. M. Nayak

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H M Nayak
Born 1931
Harogadde, Shimoga, Karnataka, India
Died 10 November 2000(2000-11-10)
Mysore, India
Occupation Academician, Essayist
Nationality Indian
Genre Folklore and Essays

Harogadde Manappa Nayak (Kannada: ಹಾ.ಮಾ.ನಾಯಕ್, Ha Ma Nayak) (1931 - 10 November 2000) was an academician, writer and folklorist.

He was born in the village Harogadde, Shimoga district in Karnataka. He served as a lecturer, and then professor, at the Mysore University, before being appointed the Director of the Kuvempu Institute of Kannada Studies at the university. Appointed the Vice-chancellor of Gulbarga University on 2 November 1984, he served until 15 February 1987, when he resigned citing moral responsibility for examination malpractices.[1]

H. M. Nayak died, following a heart attack, in Mysore.[2] in the year 2000 at the age of 69.


He won the Sahitya Akademi Award in 1989, for the work Samprati,collection of his column writing.[3]


  • Namma Maneya Deepa, collection of essays
  • Kannada Vratha
  • Karnataka (1992)
  • South Indian Studies (edited with B R Gopal, 1990)
  • Samprati (1988)
  • Soolangi, a collection of thirty reflective essays (1985)
  • Epic in Indian literature (1985)
  • Impact of Marxism on Indian life and literature - proceedings of a national seminar (editor, 1972)
  • Janapada Swarupa, collection of essays on the nature and scope of folklore (1971)
  • Kannada - Literary and Colloquial, a study of two styles (1967)


  1. ^ "Earlier Vice-chancellors of the university". Gulbarga University. Archived from the original on 2006-09-28. Retrieved 2007-03-25. 
  2. ^ "Kannada writer Nayak dead". The Tribune India. Retrieved 2007-03-25. 
  3. ^ "Sahitya Akademi Awards". Sahitya Akademi. Retrieved 2007-03-25.