K. S. Nissar Ahmed

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K.S. Nissar Ahmed
ಕೆ. ಎಸ್. ನಿಸಾರ್ ಅಹಮದ್
Born (1936-02-05) 5 February 1936 (age 81)
Devanahalli, Kingdom of Mysore, British India
Occupation Writer, professor
Language Kannada
Nationality India
Genre Fiction
Literary movement Navya
Notable works Manasu Gandhi Bazaru(1960)
Notable awards Padma Shri
Rajyotsava Award

K. S. Nissar Ahmed (born February 5, 1936) is an Indian poet and writer in Kannada language.[1] 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 was a post-graduate in Geology who 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 poets' 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 1975–78.[2] He was the 73rd president for Kannada Sahitya Sammalenna held at Shivamogga in the year 2007. He is best known for "Nityotsava" (ನಿತ್ಯೋತ್ಸವ).[2]


Achievements and Positions held

  • Represented kannada language twice in 1967 and 1985 in the Republic Day National Poet's symposium, New Delhi
  • Member, Honorary doctorateKarnataka Sahitya Academy from 1973 to 1975
  • President, Karnataka Sahitya Academy for 3 years between 1984-97. He extended the literary activities of the Academy to distric, Taluk and rural levels and undertook book publication in several fields literature.
  • Presided over the poet's meet organized by kannada sahitya parishth's Golden Jublee Celebration (1977) in Bangalore.
  • Presided over the 4th Bangalore Rural District's all india leterary conference organized by Kannada Sahitya Parisht at Viajayapura, Bengalore Dist. (1995).
  • President, 3 day All India Kannada Leterary Conference of Kannada Sahitya Parishat, held at Shimoga (2006)
  • Presoded over South Canara's Moodabidare Alwa's Nudisiri' conference (2012).
  • Awarded Honorary Doctorates from 3 Universities i.e., Karnataka University, Dharwad (2005); Kuvempu University, Shimoga (2010) and Bangalore University (2011).
  • In 1978, he brought out first-ever Audio Cassette of his lyrics "Nityotsava' and paved way to Sugama Sangeetha tradition. Even after more than three and half decades of its first appearance, it remains the most admirable cassette (and CD) among the Kannada music lovers in Karnataka and abroad.
  • In 1973, he translated William Shakespear's palys "Amid Summer Night's Dream" and 'Othello' in 1974, which created history on Kannada stage and set a new trend in the translation of the bard's literary masterpieces.
  • Memebr, Central Board of Censor for Kannada Films (1980). and also he was a advisory member of Doordarshan (TV) and Akashavani Programs
  • Served on the Editorial Board of 'Ratna Samputa', a comprehensive poetry Anthology brought out by the University of Mysore(1980).
  • Member, "Popular Literature Book Series" of First World Kannada Literary Conference sponsored by the Government of Karnataka (1985).
  • Prestigoius member,'Central Instirute of Indian Languages' (CIIL) Advisory Committee of Central Government, New Delhi (2000).
  • Member, State Level Kannada Watchdo and Border Committee of Government of Karnataka (1984-87).
  • Member Bulk Purchase Book Committee, Government of Karnataka (1998).
  • Member, 'Legal Disctionary', Government of Karnataka.
  • Executive Member, state-level higher education advisory committee, Government of Karnataka (2011).
  • He was invited as a Chief Guest for the inauguration of 2nd Vishwa Kannada Sammelana (World Kannada Conference) and poet's symposium organised by Govt. of Karnataka in 2011 at Belagavi.
  • Inaugurated Dharwad Kannada Sahitya Sambrama Convention in January 2017.
  • Inaugurated "Horanadu Kannadigara Mahamela" (Karnataka Outsiders Festival) organized in Hyderabad by Karnataka Vidyavardhaka Sangha, Dharwad on 8th April 2017.

Two persons (from Bangalore and Gulbarga) have obtained Ph.D, working on the literary works of Prof. Nisar Ahmed and their thesis are

published as books. His poems have been translated to English, Hindi, Urdu, Malayalam, Telugu, Tamil, Marati and Chinese languages.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b "NITYOTSAVA: Pgm by Nisar Ahmed on Mar 28". Retrieved 7 December 2010. 
  2. ^ a b "Glad a Kannadiga’s name has gone all the way to Delhi: Nisar". The Hindu. 27 January 2008. Retrieved 7 December 2010. 
  3. ^ "Subhadramma Mansur receives Nadoja Award". The Hindu. 7 January 2004. Retrieved 15 December 2010. 
  4. ^ "Padma Awards Directory (1954-2009)" (PDF). Ministry of Home Affairs. Archived from the original (PDF) on 10 May 2013. Retrieved 7 December 2010. 
  5. ^ "Kuvempu University honour for six". Deccan Herald. Retrieved 7 December 2010.