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Dr. Kamala Hampana
Dr Hampana in 2017
Dr Hampana in 2017
Born (1935-10-28)28 October 1935
Devanahalli, Bangalore, Kingdom of Mysore, British India
Pen name Kamala priya
Occupation Writer, professor
Language Kannada
Nationality Indian
Citizenship India
Alma mater University of Mysore
Genre Poetry
Fiction
Literary criticism
Biography
Notable works Thuranga Bharata, Anekanathavaada, Jaina Saahitya Parisara
Notable awards Sahitya Akademi Award
Rajyotsava Prashasti
Kittur Rani Chennamma Award
Baba Amte Award
Nadoja Award
Spouse Hampa Nagarajaiah
Children daughters (2), sons (1)

Kamala Hampana (Kannada: ಕಮಲಾ ಹಂಪನಾ) (born 28 October 1935) is an Indian writer in Kannada language and Jainism. She was born at Devanahalli, Bangalore, Karnataka. She worked immensely as a scholar, a professor, and a follower of ancient Archaic works. She has undertaken serious study and research in various genres of Kannada literature and has made some of the most serious and self-serving ideas of various genres.

Early days

Kamala Hampana was born on October 28, 1935, In Devanahalli, Bangalore, Karnataka to C. Rangadhamanayak and Lakshmamma couple. Kamala's elementary schooling started in Challakere, Karnataka and continued in different villages, In 1935, as a high school student she completed her SSLC at Tumkur. She continued her college studies in Mysore. During 1955-1958, From University of Mysore she obtained a B.A degree and an M.A degree in the Kannada language (1958). She was conferred a Ph.D. degree for her thesis on Turanga Bhaarata.

Kamala Hampana is married to Hampa Nagarajaiah who also a veteran litterateur in Kannada. The couple have two daughters and a son.

Career

In 1959, Kamala Hampana started with the profession as Kannada teacher and worked as a Principal at the Government First Grade College, Vijayanagar, Bangalore and then as a Professor at the Maharani Colleges of Bangalore and Maharaja's College, Mysore.

Upon her retirement from the Government Service, She worked as a Professor in Department of Jainism, Natural Studies, President of Mysore University and President and Visiting Professor of Hampi University. Her research on female sensibility has earned her with immense fame, In her writings, she has provided a deep insight into Jain works.

Literary works

Kamala Hampana's areas of works include ancient Kannada literature, Jainology and textual criticism. She has been involved in dalit movement and women’s movement in Karnataka. Kamala has published more than fifty books in various genres of literature such as literary criticism, poetry, fiction and biography.

Kamala's important publications are:

Story compilation (ಕಥಾಸಂಕಲನ)

  • Nekkitu Haalina Battalu (ನಕ್ಕಿತು ಹಾಲಿನ ಬಟ್ಟಲು)
  • Rekke Muriditthu (ರೆಕ್ಕೆ ಮುರಿದಿತ್ತು)
  • Chandana (ಚಂದನಾ)
  • Bavane (ಬಣವೆ)

Research

  • Thuranga Bharata - Ondu Addhyayana (ತುರಂಗ ಭಾರತ - ಒಂದು ಅಧ್ಯಯನ)
  • Shantinaatha (ಶಾಂತಿನಾಥ)
  • Adharsha Jaina Mahileyaru (ಆದರ್ಶ ಜೈನ ಮಹಿಳೆಯರು)
  • Anekanathavaada (ಅನೇಕಾಂತವಾದ)
  • Naadu Nudi Naavu (ನಾಡು ನುಡಿ ನಾವು)
  • jaina Saahitya Parisara (ಜೈನ ಸಾಹಿತ್ಯ ಪರಿಸರ)
  • Baddavana (ಬದ್ದವಣ)
  • Roonada Basadi (ರೋಣದ ಬಸದಿ)

Review-Rational

  • Baasinga (ಬಾಸಿಂಗ)
  • Baandala (ಬಾಂದಳ)
  • Badabaagni (ಬಡಬಾಗ್ನಿ)
  • Bittara (ಬಿತ್ತರ)
  • Bonbala (ಬೊಂಬಾಳ)
  • Gunadamkakaarti Attimabbe (ಗುಣದಂಕಕಾರ್ತಿ ಅತ್ತಿಮಬ್ಬೆ)
  • Attimabbe and Chalukyas

Introduction to life

  • Mahaveerara Jeevana Sandesha (ಮಹಾವೀರರ ಜೀವನ ಸಂದೇಶ)
  • Mudimallige (ಮುಡಿಮಲ್ಲಿಗೆ)
  • Aa Mukha (ಆ ಮುಖ)

Vachana Sankalana

  • Bindali (ಬಿಂದಲಿ)
  • Bugadi (ಬುಗುಡಿ)

Children's Books

  • Akkamahadevi (ಅಕ್ಕ ಮಹಾದೇವಿ)
  • Helavanakatte Giriyamma (ಹೆಳವನಕಟ್ಟೆ ಗಿರಿಯಮ್ಮ)
  • Veeravanithe Obavva (ವೀರವನಿತೆಓಬವ್ವ)
  • Janna (ಜನ್ನ)
  • Chikkavarigaagi Chithradurga (ಚಿಕ್ಕವರಿಗಾಗಿ ಚಿತ್ರದುರ್ಗ)
  • Dr B.R. Ambedkar (ಡಾ.ಬಿ.ಆರ್.ಅಂಬೇಡ್ಕರ್)
  • Mualabagilu (ಮುಳಬಾಗಿಲು)
  • Makkalodane Maathukathe (ಮಕ್ಕಳೊಡನೆ ಮಾತುಕತೆ)

Translation

  • Beejakshara Maale (ಬೀಜಾಕ್ಷರ ಮಾಲೆ) - Saraswati Baigiri's melody of 65 verses written in Telugu.
  • Jaathi Nirmoolane (ಜಾತಿ ನಿರ್ಮೂಲನೆ) - Translation of Dr. Ambedkar's Annihilation of caste
  • Bharatadalli Jathigalu (ಭಾರತದಲ್ಲಿ ಜಾತಿಗಳು)
  • Asiada Hanathegalu (ಏಷಿಯಾದ ಹಣತೆಗಳು)
  • jaanthi Mimase (ಜಾತಿಮೀಮಾಂಸೆ)

Akashavaani drama - metaphors

  • Baluku (ಬಕುಳ)
  • Banaadi (ಬಾನಾಡಿ)
  • Bellakki (ಬೆಳ್ಳಕ್ಕಿ)

Autobiography

  • Beru-Benki-Bilalu

Awards and recognitions

Kamala Hampana received the following awards and citations:

  • Kamala Hampana was President of the 7th Kannada Sahitya Sammelana (All India Kannada Literary Conference) held at Mudbidri in December, 2003.
  • Karnataka Sahitya Academy Award
  • Karnataka Government's Kitturu Raani Channamma Award (2019)
  • Daana Chintamani Attimabbe Award in 1998 by Karnataka Government
  • Rajyotsava Prashasti from Karnataka Government
  • Baba Amte Award
  • Chavundaraya Award from Kannada Sahitya Parishat (2012)
  • Nadoja honorary doctorate from Hampi Kannada University (2008)
  • Anupama Niranjana Award (2003)
  • Siddanthakeerthi Vidvath Award (2013)
  • Rashtra Kavi Kuvempu Award (2013)
  • Kuvempu Kalavikethana Award
  • Ranna Prashasthi (1996)
  • Dr. Baba saheb Ambedkar Award (2007)
  • Bharat Vikas Ratna Award
  • Shruta Samvardhan Rashtreeya Puraskar
  • Mahamastakabhisheka rashtreeya Puraskara
  • Sandesha Awards 2017
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