Kuvempu, Kannada Theatre Personality - Informative & researched article on Kuvempu, Kannada Theatre Personality
 Indianetzone: Largest Free Encyclopedia of India with thousand of articlesIndian Drama & Theatre

 Art & Culture|Entertainment|Health|Reference|Sports|Society|Travel
Forum  | Free E-magazine  | RSS Feeds  
Indian Drama & Theatre|Indian Music|Indian Movies|Indian Television
Home > Movies & Entertainment > Indian Drama & Theatre > Personalities in Indian Theatre > Theatre Personalities of Karnataka > Kuvempu
Kuvempu, Kannada Theatre Personality
Kuvempu is a literary acronym of Kuppali Venkatappa Puttappa - a popular Kannada actor-playwright.
 Kuvempu, Kannada Theatre PersonalityKuppali Venkatappa Puttappa was an eminent actor-playwright in Kannada language and popularly known as Kuvempu.

Early Life of Kuppali Venkatappa Puttappa
He was born in 1904. He was brought up in a place in the lush Malenadu region of Tirthahalli, called Kuppali, of Shivamogga district. His education began at his home by an appointed teacher from Dakshina Kannada. He joined Anglo Vernacular School in Tirthahalli to continue his middle school education.

His father, Venkatappa Gowda, died at an early age of 12 due to ill health. Kuvempu finished his lower and secondary education in Kannada literature and English in Theerthahalli. He moved to Mysore for further education and completed his high school from the Wesleyan high school. He pursued his college studies in from Maharaja College of Mysore and graduated in 1929 majoring in Kannada. He married Hemavathi on 30 April 1937.

Life in Theatre for Kuppali Venkatappa Puttappa
Kuvempu contributed significantly to Kannada theatre with fourteen plays. Yamana solu in 1927 celebrated Savitri's mythical heroism. Kuvempu was one of the first Kannada radicals to revolt against the caste system; Kuvempu delineated the social evil of untouchables perpetrated by Brahmanical values mjalagara i.e. 'Scavenger' in 1928. The ominous Smasana Kurukshetra i.e. 'Kurukshetra, the Cremation Ground' in 1930 symbolically depicted the tragedy of the Mahabharata war. Maharatri i.e. 'Momentous Night' in 1931 dramatized Siddhartha's life and renunciation in ten scenes. Valmikiya bhagya i.e. "Valmikian Fate" in 1931 was the well-known episode of Lord Rama's abandonment of Sita. The controversial Sudra tapaswi i.e. "Sudra Ascetic" in 1944 highlighted the sublimity of the Sudra saint Sambuka mentioned in the Ramayana and questioned the supposed superiority of Brahmanism. Balidana i.e. "Sacrifice" in 1947 dealt with India's independence. Bharatasuta, the protagonist, stands for all Indians and is required to sacrifice his life for the motherland. Beralge koral i.e. "A Throat for a Thumb" in 1947 was a philosophical play on the legend of Ekalavya, the self-made man. Chandmhasa in 1963 described the life of the eponymous hero through classical diction and convention. Kanina i.e. 'Virgin-born' in 1974 related the mythological encounter between Kama and Parasurama, foregrounding the contrast between the accident of birth and man's inner worth.

Kuvempu wrote two children's plays in 1930-31. The names can be mentioned as Nanna Gopala i.e. 'My Gopala' and Modannana tamma i.e. "The Cloud's Little Brother". He also adapted two Shakespeare plays. Birugali i.e. 'Tempest' in 1930 freely draws on the history of Keladi kingdom in Karnataka to parallel Shakespeare's drama but makes it look like an original Kannada work. Raktakshi i.e. 'Bloody-eyed Maiden' in 1945 based on Hamlet, borrows the historical events of Bidanur kingdom, and indianizes the sexual and political aspects convincingly. All of the plays by this eminent Kannada theatre personality are poetic drama, known for their mellifluous Sanskritic Kannada. Amateur groups in different parts of Karnataka have performed many of them. Kuvempu also published Nenapina doniyali i.e. 'In the Boat of Memory' in 1965. This was a very detailed autobiography by him. Kuvempu died in 1994 at the age of 90.

Awards Received by Kuvempu
* Jnanpith Award - 1967
* Padma Bhushan - 1958
* Sahitya Akademi Award - 1955
* National Poet - 1964
* Pampa Award - 1987
* Padma Vibhushan- 1988
* Karnataka Ratna - 1992

Bibliography of Kuvempu
Kaanuru Subbamma Heggadati (1936)
Malegalalli madumagalu (1967)

Modern epic (Mahakavya)
Sri Ramayana Darshanam, Volume-1 (1949), Volume-2 (1957)

Collection of Poems
* Kolalu (1930)
* Panchajanya (1936)
* Navillu (1937)
* Kindarijogi Mattu Itara Kavanagalu (1938)
* Kogile Mattu Soviet Russia (1944)
* Shoodra Tapaswi (1946)
* Kavya Vihara (1946)
* Kinkini (1946)
* Agnihamsa (1946)
* Prema Kashmira (1946)
* Chandramanchake Baa Chakori (1954)
* Ikshugangotri (1957)
* Kabbigana kaibutti
* Pakshikaashi
* Jenaaguvaa
* Kutichaka
* Kadiradake
* Kathana KavanagaLu

* Birugaali (1930)
* Maharatri (1931)
* SmashaaNa kurukshetram (1931)
* Jalagaara (1931)
* Raktaakshi(1932)
* Shoodra tapaswi (1944)
* Beralge koral (1947)
* Yamana solu
* Chandrahaasa
* Balidaana

* Nenapina Doniyali (1980)

Collection Of Stories
* Malenaadina Chitragalu (1933)
* Sanyaasi Mattu Itare KategaLu (1937)
* Nanna Devaru Mattu Itara Kategalu (1940)

Literary Criticism
* Atmashreegagi Nirankushamatigalagi (1944)
* Kavyavihara (1946)
* Taponandana (1951)
* Vibhuthi Pooje (1953)
* Draupadiya Shrimudi (1960)
* Vicharakrantige Ahvana (1976)
* Sahityaprachara

* Swami Vivekananda(1926)
* Sri Ramakrishna Paramahamsa(1934)
* Guruvinodane Devaredege

Stories For Children
* Bommanahalliya kindarijogi(1936)
* Mari vijnani(1947)
* Meghapura(1947)
* Nanna mane(1947)
* Nanna gopaala
* Amalana kathe

Kuvempu's Works In Visual Media
* Kanooru Heggadithi, directed by Girish Karnad.

(Last Updated on : 06/08/2014)
E-mail this Article | Post a Comment
More Articles in Theatre Personalities of Karnataka  (35)
Recently Updated Articles in Indian Drama & Theatre
Themes of Ravana Chhaya
Themes of Ravana Chhaya mainly focus on the stories of Lord Rama, and for this the lyrics from the Vichitra Ramayana written by Viswanath Khuntia are used. It is the chief source from which the material for performance is drawn.
Suresh Dutta
Suresh Dutta was an innovative Bengali puppeteer and designer.
Ravana Chhaya
Ravana Chhaya is a form of theatre art known as shadow-play seen in the state of Orissa. Though it is called Ravana Chhaya, it is interesting to note that the stories all centre on the legend of Rama. It is a rather ancient art and is now in a rapid state of decline.
Putul Nach
Putul Nach is termed as the puppetry in the Bengali-speaking region.
Forum on Indian Drama & Theatre
Free E-magazine
Subscribe to Free E-Magazine on Entertainment
Kuvempu, Kannada Theatre Personality - Informative & researched article on Kuvempu, Kannada Theatre Personality
Contact Us   |   RSS Feeds
Copyright © 2008 Jupiter Infomedia Ltd. All rights reserved including the right to reproduce the contents in whole or in part in any form or medium without the express written permission of
Jupiter Infomedia Ltd.