Pampa Award

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Pampa Prashasti
Civilian award for contributions to Kannada literature
Awarded forHighest literary award of
Sponsored by Government of Karnataka
Reward(s)1 lakh (1987–2007)
3 lakh (2008–present)
First awarded1987
Last awarded2017
Total awarded31
First winner Kuvempu
Last winner K. S. Nissar Ahmed

The Pampa Award (or Pampa Prashasti) is a literary award in the Indian state of Karnataka. The award was established in 1987 by the government of Karnataka. It is the highest literary honor conferred by the Department of Kannada and Culture, Government of Karnataka State, and recognises works written in the Kannada language (1 of the 22 official languages of India). [1]


The award is named after the first Kannada poet Adikavi Pampa. [2] The award originally comprised a cash prize of 1 lakh (US$1,400), a shawl, a citation and a memento. [3] The cash prize was increased to 3 lakh (US$4,200) in 2008. [4] Prior to 1996, the awards were given for a best single work by a Kannada writer. Since then, the award has been given to writers for their lifetime contribution to the Kannada literature. The Pampa Prashasti is presented by the Chief Minister, during the Kadambotsava, a cultural festival held annually in Pampa's hometown of Banavasi in Uttara Kannada district. [2] [5]

Since its inception in 1987, the award has been given to a total of 31 individuals. Kuvempu was the first recipient of the award who was honored for his work Sri Ramayana Darshanam (1949), a modern rendition of the Indian epic Ramayana. In 2015, Chandrashekhar Patil returned his award as a sign of protest against the assassination of the scholar M. M. Kalburgi. [6] The most recent recipient is K. S. Nissar Ahmed, who was awarded in 2017 for his lifetime contribution. No award was given in 2018.


Kuvempu was the first recipient of the award. Kuvempu1.jpg
Kuvempu was the first recipient of the award.
K S Narasimhaswamy was given the award in 1995. K S Narasimha Swamy photo of portrait from his home .jpeg
K S Narasimhaswamy was given the award in 1995.
1987 Kuvempu Sri Ramayana Darshanam [7]
1988 T. N. Srikantaiah Bharathiya Kavya Meemaamse [8]
1989 K. Shivaram Karanth Mai Managala Sulliyali [9]
1990S. S. BhoosnurmathShoonya Sampadaneya Paramarshe [8]
1991 P. T. Narasimhachar Shri Haricharitha [10]
1992 A. N. Murthy Rao Devaru [10]
1993 Gopalakrishna Adiga Suvarna Puthalli [11]
1994Sediyapu Krishna BhattaVichara Prapancha [12]
1995 K. S. Narasimhaswamy Dundu Mallige [8]
1996 M. M. Kalburgi Lifetime contribution [8]
1997 G. S. Shivarudrappa Lifetime contribution [8]
1998 Javare Gowda Lifetime contribution [13]
1999 Chennaveera Kanavi Lifetime contribution [14]
2000 L. Basavaraju Lifetime contribution [15]
2001 Poornachandra Tejaswi Lifetime contribution [16]
2002 M. Chidananda Murthy Lifetime contribution [17]
2003 Chandrashekhara Kambara Lifetime contribution [18]
2004 H. L. Nage Gowda Lifetime contribution [19]
2005 S. L. Bhyrappa Lifetime contribution [8]
2006 G. S. Amur Lifetime contribution [20]
2007 Yashwant V. Chittal Lifetime contribution [8]
2008 T. V. Venkatachala Sastry Lifetime contribution [21]
2009 Chandrashekhar Patil Lifetime contribution [22]
2010 Govindray H. Nayak Lifetime contribution [23]
2011 Baraguru Ramachandrappa Lifetime contribution [8]
2012D. N. Shankara BhatLifetime contribution [24]
2013 Kayyar Kinhanna Rai Lifetime contribution [25]
2014 G. Venkatasubbiah Kannada lexicography [2]
2015B. A. SanadiLifetime contribution [26]
2016 Hampa Nagarajaiah Lifetime contribution [27]
2017 K. S. Nissar Ahmed Lifetime contribution [28]

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