Poornachandra Tejaswi

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K.P. Poornachandra Tejaswi
ಪೂರ್ಣಚಂದ್ರ ತೇಜಸ್ವಿ
Born (1938-09-08)8 September 1938
Kuppalli, Shivamogga district, Karnataka
Died 5 April 2007(2007-04-05) (aged 68)[1]
Mudigere, Chikmagalur district, Karnataka
Pen name Poochante
Occupation Writer, novelist, farmer, Ornithologist
Nationality India
Genre Fiction
Literary movement Bandaya movement

Kuppali Puttappa Poornachandra Tejaswi (Kannada: ಕುಪ್ಪಳ್ಳಿ ಪುಟ್ಟಪ್ಪ ಪೂರ್ಣಚಂದ್ರ ತೇಜಸ್ವಿ) (8 September 1938 – 5 April 2007[1]) was a prominent Kannada writer, novelist, photographer, ornithologist, publisher, painter and environmentalist who made a great impression in the "Navya" period of Kannada literature and inaugurated the bandaya ("protest literature") with his short-story collection Abachoorina Post Offisu.

At early stages of his writing career, Tejaswi wrote poems but later concentrated on short stories, novels and essays. Poornachandra Tejaswi has a distinguished style of writing which has heralded a new era in Kannada literature.[2]

Early life[edit]

Tejaswi was born on 8 September 1938 in Kuppali in Shimoga district of Karnataka. Although he was the son of "Rashtrakavi" Kuvempu, he came out of his father's shadow and established his own image at an early age. Tejaswi received best story award in the competition held by Prajavani Kannada newspaper on the occasion of Deepavali, for his first short story "Linga Banda", a look at the rainy Western Ghats from the eye of a boy. After completion of his education from Maharaja College of Mysore, one among the top colleges in India, due to his interests in nature and farming, he moved to Mudigere taluk of Chikmagalur District after buying a coffee estate. Apart from literature he was actively involved in painting, photography and philosophy.

He was a keen learner of nature and his favourite pastime was to roam around in the forests of western ghats.

He has 2 daughters Susmitha and Eshanye who are software professionals. His wife Rajeshwari stays in Niruttara,Mudigere.

Literary works[edit]

Tejaswi has written in almost all forms of literature including poems, short stories, novels, travel literature, plays and science fiction. Nature and incidents related to nature enjoy major roles in most of his works. One of the most popular writers in Kannada, Tejaswi's works have continued to remain popular, going into multiple prints and often topping reader's charts.[3] Karvalo is one such novel where the author participates in an adventure of discovering a flying lizard in the dense forests of Western Ghats.

Tejaswi has translated a number of English books to Kannada enriching the depth of Kannada literature. His famous translations include the series on Kenneth Anderson's hunting expeditions and Henri Charrière's Papillon.

Tejaswi wrote his first novel, Kaadu Mattu Kraurya, when he was a 24-year-old in 1962. The novel is expected to be in print for the first time towards the end of 2012. He had initially planned to name this work Nalini but later decided to go by its present title. Tejaswi was inspired to write the novel after visiting his wife Rajeshwari's maternal home in the forested Malnad region of Karnataka. The novel, whose manuscript was prepared by Rajeshwari, is the story of Linga, a migrant bonded labourer from north Karnataka who moves to a remote Malnad village where he struggles to cope with his new life and surroundings.[3]




Short stories: nature, adventure and other[edit]

  • Abachurina Post Office (1973)
  • Tabarana Kathe
  • Krishnegowdara aane
  • Parisarada kathe
  • Kiragoorina Gayyaligalu
  • Kadina Kategalu (Volume 1 - 4)
  • Linga banda
  • Panjrolliya Pischachia Savaalu
  • Gudugu Heliddenu
  • Urvashi
  • Huliyoorina Sarahaddu
  • Gandhiji Deseinda
  • Swaroopa
  • Nigoodha Manushyaru
  • MaayaMruga
  • Rahasya Vishwa
  • Millennium series (volume 1 - 16)

Millennium series (volume 1 - 16)

Translated works[edit]

  • Rudraprayagada Bhayanakara Narabhakshaka (translated from 'The Man-Eating Leopard of Rudraprayag by Jim Corbett)
  • Maha Palayana (translated from 'The Long Walk')
  • Papillon
  • Kaadina Kathegalu(Kenneth Anderson's hunting of Man eaters in four volumes).

Travel literature[edit]

  • Alemariya Andaman mattu Mahanadi Nile


  • Yamala Prashne

Science and nature writings[edit]

  • Pakakranthi
  • Missing Link
  • Hakki Pukka
  • Kannada nadina Hakkigalu: Part I: Minchulli and Part II: Hejjemudada hadi
  • Vismaya (Volume1 to Volume3)
  • Flying Saucers (Volume1 to Volume2)
  • Sahaja Krushi
  • Nadeyuva kaddi haaruva yele
  • Kadina kathegalu (volume 1-4)
  • Aeroplane Chitte Mattu Itara Kathegalu

Collections of poems[edit]

  • Bruhannale Somuvina Swagatalahari mattu Itara Kavanagalu

Photo album[edit]

  • Maayeya Mukhagalu
  • Annana nenapu


  • Vyakti Vishishta Siddantha
  • Vimarsheya Vimarshe
  • Hosa Vicharagalu
  • Mayaloka


  • Annana Nenapu

Annana Nenapu is a biography of the Tejaswi which explains his days with his father Rashtra Kavi Kuvempu, which reveals the actual lifestyle of the Kuvempu and his bonding with his family.


  • Hosa Vicharagalu (Thoughts and collection of articles of Poornachandra Tejaswi)

At the end of the millennium Tejaswi undertook a gigantic task of bringing some of the greatest works of twentieth century, written in other languages to Kannada. The collection of publishing were called the Millennium series. It is in volumes 1 to 16.

Works in visual media[edit]



  • Jugari Cross
  • Chidambara Rahasya
  • Krishnegowdana Aane
  • Yamala Prashne
  • Maayamruga
  • Parisarada kathe
  • karvalo


Poornachandra Tejaswi died of cardiac arrest at his farm house Niruttara, Mudigere in Chikmagalur district of Karnataka state, on 5 April 2007 approximately at 2.00 p.m.[1] He was 69 at the time.


  • Tejaswi heralded a new wave, when he (with like-minded friends) compiled Kuvempu's Sri Ramayana Darshanam in Kuvempu's handwriting. The Government of Karnataka aided the effort with grants, but the cost of the book was high and ended up with mediocre success.
  • A controversy started in early 2004 demanding inducting Madhwacharya's name in Jaya Bharata Jananiya Tanujate, written by Kuvempu. Tejaswi, as son of Kuvempu and holder of copyrights of Kuvempu's articles, strongly criticised any attempts to change the poem.
  • While some intellectuals condemned the daubing incident of Belgaum Mayor Vijay More's face with black paint on 11 November 2005, Tejaswi rhetorically asked if More deserved Fair & Lovely instead.
  • Tejaswi had a great appetite and was known for his fondness for good food.

Further reading[edit]

  • Poornachandra Tejaswi's, Annana Nenapu: although not an autobiography, extensively narrates his childhood and early life.
  • Nanna Tejaswi (ನನ್ನ ತೇಜಸ್ವಿ) is a memoir written by Poornachandra Tejaswi's wife, Rajeshwari, that documents the years they spent together.[3]
  • Kaadina santa Tejaswi (ಕಾಡಿನ ಸಂತ ತೇಜಸ್ವಿ ) by Dhananjay Jeevala.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b c Mangalorian.com – Noted Kannada writer Poornachandra Tejasvi passes away
  2. ^ "Flights of fancy". Online webpage of The Hindu. The Hindu. Retrieved 12 July 2007. 
  3. ^ a b c "Tejaswi's first novel set to see the light of day". The Hindu. 11 August 2012. 

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