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Puttappa chosen for A Na Kru award

Veteran journalist Patil Puttappa has been chosen for this year’s A Na Kru award, instituted by A Na Kru Pratishthana of Bengaluru, in memory of legendary Kananda novelist and activist A.N. Krishna Rao.

Speaking to presspersons on Friday, pratishthana trustee S.M. Krishnarao said that Mr. Puttappa has been recognised for his contribution to journalism, literature and the cause of Kannada.

Moreover, Mr. Puttappa was one of the close associates of Anakru.

The award carries a purse of Rs. 50,000. Earlier, the pratishthana used to give ‘Anakru-Nirman’ award jointly with the Nirman Shelters, a private firm. However, this year the pratishthana decided to give the award on its own.

The ceremony will be held at Karnatak Vidyavardhak Sangha premises here on August 12.

Senior writer Guruling Kapase would preside over the programme. Karnatak University vice-chancellor Pramod B. Gai will be the chief guest.

Senior writer Shantinath Dibbad would deliver the congratulatory speech followed by followed by G. Ashwathanaraya’s enunciation about A.N. Krishna Rao’s life and works.

Folk singer Basavalingayya Hiremath would render the folk music, he said.

To a query, he said the publication of the volumes of A.N. Krishna Rao’s works is delayed due to the lackadaisical attitude of the Department of Kannada and Culture.

It was nearly ten years since the work was commenced and only few volumes have seen the light of the day so far, Mr. Krishnarao, who is also the editor of this work, has said.

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