The first Sri Bhagwan Mahaveer Peace award instituted by the Department of Kannada and Culture will be conferred upon 110-year-old Siddaganga Mutt seer Shivakumara Swamy.
The award is being presented to the seer in recognition of his services in providing free food, education, and shelter to children irrespective of their religion, caste or creed, stated an official press release. The award will be presented on Sunday (tomorrow) in Bengaluru or Tumakuru, on the occasion of Mahaveer Jayanthi.
Prof Mallika Ghanti, Vice Chancellor, Kannada University, Hampi, has been selected for the Akkamahadevi award for the year 2016 in recognition of her contribution to the field of literature. Prof Ghanti has many works of poetry and literary criticism to her credit. The award will be presented on April 11 in Bengaluru, on the occasion of Akkamahadevi Jayanthi. Both the awards carry a purse of Rs 3 lakh each and a citation.