Kirtinath Kurtakoti

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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.[1] Apart from Kannada, he was well-versed in other languages including Hindi and Sanskrit.

Early life[edit]

Kurtakoti was born in the town of Gadag in the Indian state of Karnataka on October 13, 1928.[1] 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.[1] 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.[2] He won the central Sahitya Akademi Award in 1995 for his book Uriya Nalage.[3] 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.[4] 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.

Later life[edit]

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.[1] On 31 July 2003, aged 75, he died of cardiac arrest, just about three hours after his wife's death.[1]


  • Uriya Nalage
  • Marathi Samskruti-Kelavu Samasyegalu
  • Yugadharma mattu Sahitya Darshana
  • Nadedu Banda Daari
  • Bhringada Benneri
  • Chandragupta
  • Pratyabhijnana
  • Adhyayana mattu Parayana
  • Putta Bangara
  • Rajakeeya mattu Dharma
  • Arthantara
  • Aa Mani


  1. ^ a b c d e "Kannada critic Kurtakoti dead". Times of India. 2003-08-01. Retrieved 2008-03-04. 
  2. ^ "Kurtakoti says KBA published his work sans permission". Times of India. 2002-02-10. Retrieved 2008-03-04. 
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  4. ^ Narayan Raichur (2004-04-12). "Conflict between real and surreal". Retrieved 2008-03-04. [dead link]