A commemorative postage stamp on Kuvempu, an Indian Kannada writer [a part of the series ‘Eminent Writers‘] :
Issued by India
Issued on May 31, 2017
Issued for : To commemorate the spirit and role of Literature in the society, the Department of Posts is bringing out 5 stamps, and one Miniature Sheet on 5 authors.
Stamps/Miniature Sheet/FDC/Brochure/Cancellation Cachet : Sh. Brahm Prakash
Type : Miniature Sheet, Mint Condition
Colour : Multi Colour
Denomination : 1000 Paise
Stamps Printed : 301590
Miniature Sheet Printed : 0.1 million
Printing Process : Wet Offset
Printer : Security Printing Press, Hyderabad
Name : Kuppali Venkatappa Puttappa
Born on 29 Dec, 1904 at Hirekodige, Koppa taluk, Chikkamagaluru district, Kingdom of Mysore [now Karnataka, India]
Died on 11 Nov, 1994 at Mysore, Karnataka, India
- Literature is one of the major contributory factors in the nation building. It acts a cultural binding force and works as an evocative medium to boost up the moral of the people in the times of crises. Literature is the vehicle through which people’s culture is transmitted. Department of Posts is bringing stamps on five such authors who have contributed significantly in this arena.
- The fourth stamp is on K V Puttappa. Kuppali Venkatappa Puttappa (29 December 1904 – 11 November 1994), popularly known by the pen name Kuvempu or by K. V. Puttappa, was born in Chikmagalur district of Karnataka. He was a Kannada novelist, poet, playwright, critic and thinker, who penned the State anthem Jaya Bharata Jananiya Tanujate. He is widely regarded as the greatest Kannada poet of the 20th century. Kuvempu began his literary work in English and later shifted to Kannada. His major work in English is a collection of poems called the Beginner’s Muse. He was the forbearer of the idea that education should be provided in children’s mother tongues and in his pursuit he opened the Institute of Kannada Studies in Mysore University.
- Kuvempu was actively against the caste system and many of his writings reflected his views. He is considered to be one of the major contributors to the modernist literary movement in Kannada literature. His writings and his contribution to “Universal Humanism” gives him a unique place in modern Indian literature. His major achievement was his extremely different take on the characters of Ramayana written by Valmiki, which fetched him the honor of being the first Kannada writer to be decorated with the prestigious Jnanpith Award. His epic narrative Sri Ramayana Darshanam, is regarded as the revival of the era of Mahakavya (Great Epic poetry) in contemporary form and charm. Besides Jnanpith, Kuvempu has also won the Padma Bhushan, Sahitya Academy Award, Padma Vibhushan and recently the Karnataka Ratna awards.
- Text : Based on the material available on internet.