Noted Kannada novelist Dr S L Bhyrappa received the prestigious Padmashree award at his residence here on Friday.
On behalf of the Central government, Additional Chief Secretary Subhas Chandra visited Bhyrappa’s residence and presented the award in the presence of his family members and well-wishers.
The centre had conferred Padmashree on Bhyrappa for his contribution to literature and education. Bhyrappa couldn’t attend Padmashree award ceremony in Delhi due to ill health and the Centre had asked the state government to confer the award on him at his house in Mysuru.
Receiving the award, Bhyrappa said, “I am happy that my literary works and writing styles have been recognised but I believe that the literary works should live even after a writer’s death. The real award a writer gets is only when his literature is discussed and read by people even after centuries. This doesn’t mean I am against awards. I respect awards but I don’t run behind or bother about them.”
The 85-year-old writer said that the works of Kumaravyasa or Pampa were still read by people even after centuries. That’s the greatest reward a writer gets,” he said.
He also said that many ideas were crossing in his mind to come up with a new novel. “I still have to see how it will shape up,” he said and added that he would love to travel regularly to explore various issues and new places and thoughts. “Staying at one place would make my mind languid,” he said.
On the occasion he also called upon government to refrain from destroying the ecology of Chamundi Hill in the name of development. Bhyrappa had very actively taken part in Save Chamundi Hill campaign.
Additional Chief Secretary Subhas Chandra presents the Padmashree to Dr S L Bhyrappa at his residence on Friday. Additional Deputy Commissioner Venkatesh, SP Abhinav Khare, DCP Dr H T Shekhar, former director of Kuvempu Bhasha Bharathi Dr Pradhan Gurudatta, NIE Principal Dr G L Shekhar, NIE Board member Subraveti Ramachandra and others were present.