Kuppali Venkatappa Puttappa
Kuppali Venkatappa Puttappa

The doodle now became so common and it’s simply beautiful by honoring the legends. Today’s Google Doodle introduces the Kuppali Venkatappa Puttappa, the most famous author of the 20th century as his 113th birthday anniversary. He normally called with his pen name, Kuvempu.

An illustrator Upamanyu Bhattacharya and Swati Shelar designed the doodle in the best possible way. The doodle shows Kuvempu writing with a scenery view in his background. There’s a river, green mountains, clear sky, and a house in the distant. Seated on a rock, Kuvempu enjoys his own writing is showcased.

He had written many books and we had derived few verses from his poem titled ‘Poovu’ (the flower). His work reflects the real world around him. However, the verses take the form of Kannada language but we translated them into English and here what it says –

Amidst the early morning dew

walking across the greenery

And in the evening that is scary,

While taking a breath

Oh flower, I listen to your song

Oh flower, I defeat your love!

Kuppali Venkatappa Puttappa Early Life & Writings

In the Kuppalli Village of Shimoga District, the first cry of Kuvempu heard on December 29, 1904. However, he completed his early education at his home under the teachings of a teacher from Dakshina Kannada district. In order to continue his middle school education, he joined the Anglo-Vernacular school in Tirthahalli.

Kuppali Venkatappa Puttappa completed his lower and secondary education in Kannada and English languages at his home. Later, he moved to Mysore to study further and stepped-in into the Wesleyan High School. Finally, he completed his college studies at the Maharaja College of Mysore and graduated in 1929.

In 1929, he continued his smooth journey as a professor in the Kannada language in Mysore. Also, he made his contribution being an assistant professor in the Central College, Bangalore from 1936. He continued to grow in his career as he was appointed as the Principal of Maharajas college in 1955. He retired in 1960 after serving as Vice-Chancellor of Mysore University for four years. Instead, Kuvempu was the first one to graduate from the same college and to become the Vice-Chancellor.

Moreover, he completely opposed evil practices like casteism and misbelieves of rituals. His works majorly reflect on these blind beliefs. A unique writing of Ramayana with his pen filled his heart with an award – Jnanpith Award. In fact, India awarded him Padma Vibhushan in 1988. He had written the famous Karnataka anthem called Jaya Bharata Jananiya Tanujate. 

His honors include Rashtrakavi (National Poet), and Karnataka Ratna (Gem of Karnataka). He left this world on November 11, 1994.