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Jayant Gourish Kaikini
Jayanth Kaikini
Jayanth Kaikini
Born (1955-01-24) 24 January 1955 (age 66)
Gokarna, Uttara Kannada, Karnataka State, India
OccupationPoet, Author, Lyricist
Period1974 to present
GenrePoetry, Stories, Essays and Lyrics
SubjectVarious Themes
Notable awardsDSC Prize for South Asian Literature

Jayanth Kaikini (born 24 January 1955) is an Indian Kannada poet, short story writer, playwright, columnist and a lyricist in Kannada Cinema. He has so far published six anthologies of short stories, four books of poetry, three plays and a collection of essays.He is valued as one of the best writers among the younger generation in Kannada literature and has revolutionized the field by giving it a fresh new perspective.[1] He has bagged in many notable awards like 'Karnataka Sahitya Academy' award. Kaikini is regarded as one of the most significant younger writers in Kannada today.[2] Kaikini has been conferred the honorary doctorate from Tumkur University.[3]

Early life[edit]

Kaikini was born in Gokarna to Gourish Kaikini, a school teacher, and a Kannada litterateur and Shanta, a social worker. After a Masters in Biochemistry from Karnataka University, Dharwad, he moved to Mumbai where he worked as a chemist for many years.[4] He now lives in Bangalore with his wife Smita Kaikini and two children, Srajanaja Kaikini (daughter) who is an Odissi dancer and a researcher/curator,[5][6] and Ritwik Kaikini(son), a multimedia artist.[7] Apart from Kannada, Jayanth is fluent speaks Konkani, Marathi, Hindi and English.


Jayanth Kaikini began his career working as a production chemist and worked in Mumbai for about 23 years until he finally moved to Bangalore to pursue his dream by becoming the literary editor of a television program called Bhavana.

He has published a number of poetry collections including Kothiratha, Shravana Madhyana, Neelimale, Theredaste Bagilu. He is also the author of short stories collections for Dagadoo Parabana Ashwamedha, Aamruthaballi Kashaya, Shabda Teera, Bannada kaalu, Toofan Mail, Ondu Jelebi and Charminar[3]

Jayanth Kaikini started writing lyrics to film songs beginning from movie Chigurida Kanasu. Kannada film actor and singer Dr.Rajkumar sung "Bandhuve O Bandhuve", Kaikini's debut song, for which V. Manohar composed the music. He is the credited with revolutionising the image of Kannada film songs, with the classic touch of literature and beautiful imagery. Films like Mungaaru Male, Gaalipata, Milana etc. have some touching and memorable songs with lyrics penned by him.

He was hosting a TV Show "Rasa Rushige Namaskara" in Etv Kannada which a biography on Rashtrakavi Kuvempu.[3] This show was very popular with a particular section of audience. He continued it with other series' such as "Kadala Theerada Bharghava",..etc.Lately he was seen judging the reality show "Yede tumbi Haaduvenu" along with the legendary singer S.P.Balasubrahmanyam and famous Kannada music director and lyricist naada brahma Hamsalekha.

Kaikini received the Karnataka Sahitya Academy award for his first poetry collection at the age of nineteen in 1974. He received the same award again in 1982, 1989 and 1996 for his short story collections.[8] He has been awarded the Dinakara Desai award for his poetry,[1] the B. H. Sridhar award for fiction,[1] as well as the Katha National award and Rujuwathu trust fellowship for his creative writing.

Selected Works[edit]


  • Rangadindondishtu Doora (1974)
  • Kotitheertha (1982)
  • Shravana Madhyahna (1987)
  • Neelimale (1997)
  • Jayant Kaikini Kavithegalu (2003)
  • Ondu Jilebi (2008)


  • Theredashte Baagilu (1982)
  • Gaala (1982)
  • Dagadoo Parabana Ashwamedha (1989)
  • Amruthaballi Kashaya (1996)
  • Jayanth Kaikini Kathegalu (2003)
  • Bannada Kaalu (1999)
  • Toofan Mail (2005)
  • Charminaar (2012)
  • No Presents Please... (2018)


  • Bogaseyalli Male (2001)
  • Shabda Theera (2004)
  • Touring Talkies (2009)
  • Gulmohar (2018)


  • Sevanti Prasanga (1997)
  • Ithi Ninna Amrutha (1999)
  • Jategiruvanu Chandeera (2004)
  • Rupantara Natakagalu (2018)


Awards for Films[edit]

Filmfare Awards


Karnataka State Film Awards

Awards for Literary Works[edit]

  • Karnataka Sahitya Akademi Award for Rangadindondishtu Doora (1974)
  • Karnataka Sahitya Akademi Award for Theredashte Baagilu (1982)
  • Karnataka Sahitya Akademi Award for Dagadoo Parabana Ashwamedha (1989)
  • Karnataka Sahitya Akademi Award for Amruthaballi Kashaya (1996)
  • Kusumagraj National Award for Poetry (2010)
  • Honorary Doctorate from Tumkur University in 2011 for his Contribution to Kannada Literature and Cinema.
  • Dinakar Desai Award for Poetry (2004)
  • B.H.Shridhara Award for Amruthaballi Kashaya (1997)
  • Katha Award from Delhi for Amruthaballi Kashaya
  • DSC Prize for South Asian Literature 2018 for his translated work No Presents Please...[11]


  1. ^ a b c "The Best of Both Worlds - Jayant Kaikini". Karnataka.com. 11 November 2014. Retrieved 7 September 2021.
  2. ^ "Jayant Kaikini". www.iuemag.com. Retrieved 7 September 2021.
  3. ^ a b c Nandakumar, Prathibha (25 January 2015). "A case for Jayanth Kaikini's literary genius". Bangalore Mirror. Retrieved 8 September 2021.
  4. ^ Dinesh, Chetan (20 January 2019). "Quick Take With Jayant Kaikini". Deccan Herald. Retrieved 8 September 2021.
  5. ^ "B'lore: Srajana Kaikini wins International Recognition for Creative Architectural Concept". www.daijiworld.com. 25 July 2009. Retrieved 7 September 2021.
  6. ^ "Srajana Kaikini". iscp-nyc.org. Retrieved 7 September 2021.
  7. ^ George, Nina C (5 September 2020). "Jayant Kaikini: A hit song gave me a new career at 50". Deccan Herald. Retrieved 8 September 2021.
  8. ^ "Being Jayanth". Bangalore Mirror. 7 April 2018. Retrieved 7 September 2021.
  9. ^ "Prema Pallakki Jukebox". YouTube.com. Lahari Music.
  10. ^ http://updatebro.com/filmfare-awards-kannada-full-show-winners-list/
  11. ^ Khajane, Muralidhara (15 May 2020). "'Bogaseyalli Male', a documentary on how Mumbai influenced a writer's journey". The Times of India. Retrieved 8 September 2021.

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