Kannada poet, playwright, and critic H.S. Venkateshamurthy (well known as HSV) will preside over the 85th Kannada Sahitya Sammelana slated to be held in Kalaburagi from February 5 to 7, 2020.
The executive committee of the Kannada Sahitya Parishat (KSP), which organises the literary festival, unanimously chose Mr. Venkateshamurthy as the president of the sammelana at a meeting held here.
Mr. Venkateshamurthy told The Hindu, It is an honour and a privilege to preside over a Kannada Sahitya Sammelana. The legacy of great people who have presided over the sammelanas is very rich. I am elated that I have been chosen to continue that legacy.
He added that it was his fortune to preside over the literary festival in the place where B.M. Srikantaiah, Channappa Uttangi, and Siddaiah Puranik had once presided.
Manu Baligar, KSP president, said the contributions of Mr. Venkateshamurthy to Kannada literature were significant across genres. The corpus of his literary output is diverse. He has worked in the fields of both modern Kannada and old Kannada, Mr. Baligar said.
Poetry collections of Mr. Venkateshamurthy include Sindabadana Atmakathe, Kriyaparva, Vimukti, and Americadalli Billuhabba. His plays include Hejjegalu, Uriya Uyyale, and Kattalege Estu Mukha.
Mr. Venkateshamurthys contribution to childrens literature is also noteworthy. Hakki Saalu, Huvinashale, Alilu Ramayana, and Sunnada Suttta are some of his important works in childrens literature.
He has also written songs for various films, including Chinnarimutta, America America, and Mathadana, and for tele-serials, including Mukta, apart form writing dialogues and screenplays of many films. He is also well known for cassettes of bhavagetes (lyric compositions).