Kirtinath Kurtakoti (ಕೀರ್ತಿನಾಥ ಕುರ್ತಕೋಟಿ) (October 13, 1928 - July 31, 2003) was a Kannada writer and critic who won among other awards, the Central Sahitya Akademi honour of India. Apart from Kannada, he was well-versed in other languages including Hindi and Sanskrit.
Kurtakoti was born in the town of Gadag in the Indian state of Karnataka on October 13, 1928. He completed his graduation in Bachelor of Arts from Karnatak College in Dharwad and served as a teacher in few colleges, before moving to the town of Anand in Gujarat. He completed his post-graduation in English and was employed at the Sardar Patel University in Gujarat. He married Saraswati Bai.
His most prominent Kannada work is Marathi Samskruti - Kelavu Samasyegalu (Marathi Culture - Some Problems) which was originally written in Marathi by Sham. Bha. Joshi. This won him the Karnataka Sahitya Akademi award. Kannada Book Authority (KBA) allegedly included this translated version in a publication that it brought out, without taking the permission of Kurtakoti, forcing him to send a legal notice to KBA. He won the central Sahitya Akademi Award in 1995 for his book Uriya Nalage. Other books include Chandragupta, Bhringada Benneri, Nadedu Banda Daari and Putta Bangara. He has also written plays like Aa Mani, which have been staged by troupes like Ninasam. His book Nadedu Banda Daari (Path Traversed) is a treatise on the achievement of Kannada literature from the past to the present, while his book Bhringada Benneri provides an overview of the poems of D. R. Bendre.
He spent his retired life at Dharwad. He held certain positions like that of an adviser to Manohara Granthamele, a publishing house and was also nominated to the Jnanpith language panel. He was also a member of the syndicate of the Kannada University at Hampi. On 31 July 2003, aged 75, he died of cardiac arrest, just about three hours after his wife's death.
- Uriya Nalage
- Marathi Samskruti-Kelavu Samasyegalu
- Yugadharma mattu Sahitya Darshana
- Nadedu Banda Daari
- Bhringada Benneri
- Adhyayana mattu Parayana
- Putta Bangara
- Rajakeeya mattu Dharma
- Aa Mani
- "Kannada critic Kurtakoti dead". Times of India. 2003-08-01. Retrieved 2008-03-04.
- "Kurtakoti says KBA published his work sans permission". Times of India. 2002-02-10. Retrieved 2008-03-04.
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