Vinayaka Krishna Gokak

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V. K. Gokak
Born (1909-08-09)August 9, 1909
Savanur, Dharwad, Kingdom of Mysore, British India
Died 28 April 1992(1992-04-28) (aged 82)
Bengaluru, Karnataka
Occupation Professor, Writer
Nationality Indian
Genre Fiction
Literary movement Navodaya


Vinayaka Krishna Gokak (1909–1992) was a major writer in the Kannada language and a scholar of English and Kannada literatures. He was fifth writer[1] to be honored with the Jnanpith Award in 1990 for Kannada language, for his epic Bharatha Sindhu Rashmi. Bharatha Sindhu Rashmi deals with the Vedic age and is perhaps the longest epic narrative in any language in the 20th Century. In 1961, Gokak was awarded the Padmashree from the Government of India for Dyava Prithvi.

Academic life[edit]

Vinayak Gokak studied literature at Karnatak College, Dharwad, Karnataka, India and was later awarded a First class honors by the University of Oxford. On his return from Oxford in 1938, he became the principal of Willingdon College, Sangli. He was an ardent devotee of Sathya Sai Baba and served as the first Vice-Chancellor of Sri Sathya Sai Institute of Higher Learning at Puttaparthi, Anantapur District between 1981 - 1985. His novel Samarasave Jeevana is considered one of the typical works of Navodaya literature in Kannada.



  • Bharatha Sindhu Rashmi


  • Samarasave Jeevana - Ijjodu Mattu Erilita (vol 1)
  • Samarasave Jeevana - Samudrayana Mattu Nirvahana (vol 2)

Poetry collections[edit]

  • Urnanaabha
  • Abyudaya
  • Baaladeguladalli
  • Dhyava Pruthvi (Kannada Saahithya Academy Award)
  • Samudra Geethegalu
  • English words


  • Sahitya Vimarsheya Kelavu Tatvagalu
  • Nanna Jeevana Drishti
  • Jeevana Paatagalu
  • Kala Siddhantha
  • India & World Culture
  • Gokak Kruthi Chintana
  • Dyava Pruthivi


See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Jnanpith Award". Ekavi. Retrieved 2006-10-31. 

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