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Nationality  Indian
Spouse(s)  Indira Lankesh

Name  P. Lankesh
Role  Poet
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Full Name  Palyada Lankeshappa
Born  8 March 1935 (1935-03-08) Kongavalli, British India (now Shimoga district, Karnataka, India)
Occupation  Writer, editor, filmmaker, poet, playwright, teacher
Notable work  Kereya Nerannu Kerege Chelli (1960) Mussanjeya Katha Prasanga (1978) Kallu Karaguva Samaya (1990)
Died  January 25, 2000, Bengaluru
Children  Indrajit Lankesh, Kavitha Lankesh, Gauri Lankesh
Awards  National Film Award for Best Direction
Grandchildren  Samarjit Lankesh, Samayjith Lankesh
Movies  Ellindalo Bandavaru, Samskara, Deveeri, Khandavideko Mamsavideko, Pallavi
Similar People  Indrajit Lankesh, Kavitha Lankesh, Suresh Heblikar, KSL Swamy, Lokesh

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P. Lankesh (Kannada: ಪಿ. ಲಂಕೇಶ್, 8 March 1935 – 25 January 2000), was an Indian poet, fiction writer, playwright, translator, screenplay writer and journalist who wrote in the Kannada language. He was also an award-winning film director.


P. Lankesh P Lankesh Kannada Novelist Personalities

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Early life and career

Lankesh was born in the small village of Konagavalli in Shimoga, Karnataka. After graduating with an honours degree in English from Central College at Bengaluru, Lankesh completed his Master of Arts degree in English from Maharaja's College, Mysore.

Lankesh's first work was the collection of short stories Kereya Neeranu Kerege Chelli (1963). His other important works include the novels Biruku ("The Fissure"), Mussanjeya Kathaprasanga (A Story at Dusk), Akka (Sister); the plays T. Prasannana Grihastashrama ("The Householder-hood of T.Prasanna"), Sankranti ("Revolution") and Gunamukha ("Convalescence"); the short story collections, Umapatiya Scholarship Yatre ("Umapati's Scholarship Trip"), Kallu Karaguva Samaya (When the Stone Melts; winner of the 1993 Sahitya Akademi Award), Paapada Hoogalu, the translation of Charles Baudelaire's Les Fleurs du Mal and Dore Oedipus mattu Antigone, translation of Sophocles' Antigone and Oedipus Rex.

Lankesh quit his job as an assistant professor in English at Bangalore University in 1980 and started Lankesh Patrike, the first Kannada tabloid, which went on to have an enormous impact on Kannada culture and politics.

Only two of his books are available in English translation. One is When Stone Melts and Other Stories (translation of Kallu Karaguva Samaya). The other is his seminal play "Sankranti" (transl. by H. S. Komalesha, Calcutta 2010). His works have also been translated into Tamil and Hindi.

Lankesh Patrike

Lankesh was the Editor of Lankesh Patrike from 1980 until his death in 2000. A staunch socialist and Lohiaite he was known for his secular, anti-caste and anti-Hindutva views. Before starting Lankesh Patrike, he along with his socialist friends Ramdass and Tejaswi, had toured the length and breadth of Karnataka, mobilising people to vote for their new socialist party. This trip, he recounted in one of his editorials, which took him to the remotest parts of Karnataka opened his eyes to the plight of the poor, the Dalits and the Muslims and made him realise his responsibility as a writer and an intellectual towards the society. After his death Lankesh Patrike was split into two, one edited by his daughter Gauri Lankesh and the other managed by his son Indrajit Lankesh. Lankesh's other daughter is the award-winning film director Kavita Lankesh. The impact of Lankesh Patrike on Karnataka politics and culture gave birth many popular but decidedly less sophisticated tabloids like Hai Bangalore and Agni which concentrated more on crime and political scandals.


Lankesh died in his bed on 25 January 2000 of a heart attack. He was 65 years old.


  • Anuroopa (1978)
  • Khandavide Ko Maamsavide Ko (1979)
  • Ellindalo Bandavaru (1980)
  • References

    P. Lankesh Wikipedia