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Kuvempu Award 2020

Kuvempu Award 2020:

Odia poet Dr. Rajendra Kishore Panda has been selected for the Kuvempu Rashtriya Puraskar (award) 2020.

  • Dr. Panda, born in 1944, is a poet and novelist from Odisha. He has published 16 poetry collections and a novel.
  • He was presented the Gangadhar National Award in 2010, and the Sahitya Akademi Award in 1985.
  • It is a national award instituted in memory of the late poet laureate Kuvempu.
  • The award is given annually to a writer who has contributed in any of the languages recognised by the Constitution of India.
  • The award carries a cash award of Rs. 5 lakh, a silver medal and a citation.


  • Kuppali Venkatappa Puttappa, popularly known by his pen name Kuvempu, was an Indian poet, playwright, novelist and critic.
  • He is widely regarded as the greatest Kannada poet of the 20th century.
  • He was the first Kannada writer to be decorated with the Jnanpith Award for his version of the Ramayana titled ‘Sri Ramayana Darshanam.’