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Nationality  India
Genre  Fiction, history

Name  S. Bhyrappa
Role  Novelist
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Born  Santeshivar Lingannaiah Bhyrappa 26 July 1934 (age 81) Santeshivara, Hassan district, Karnataka, India (1934-07-26)
Occupation  Writer, novelist, professor
Subject  Philosophy, History, Aesthetics
Movies  Naayi Neralu, Vamsa Vruksham, Mathadana
Books  Aavarana, Parva, Mandra, Yaana, Matadana
Similar People  U R Ananthamurthy, Girish Karnad, Girish Kasaravalli, K Shivaram Karanth, B V Karanth

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Santeshivara Lingannaiah Bhyrappa (Kannada: ಸಂತೇಶಿವರ ಲಿಂಗಣ್ಣಯ್ಯ ಭೈರಪ್ಪ) (born 26 July 1934) is a Kannada novelist whose works are popular in the state of Karnataka, India. Bhyrappa is widely regarded as one of modern India's foremost novelists. His novels are unique in terms of theme, structure, and characterization. He has been among the top selling authors of Kannada language. Books written by him and translated to Hindi and Marathi have also been top sellers in the past. He has been awarded with the 20th Saraswati Samman for 2010.


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Bhyrappa's works do not fit into any specific genre of contemporary Kannada literature such as Navodaya, Navya, Bandaya, or Dalita, partly because of the range of topics he writes about. His major works have been the center of several heated public debates and controversies. In March 2015, Bhyrappa was awarded the Sahitya Akademi Fellowship. The Government of India awarded him the civilian honour of the Padma Shri in 2016.

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Early life

S L Bhyrappa was born at Santeshivara, a village in the Channarayapatna taluk of Hassan district, about 162 km from Bangalore. He lost his mother and brothers to Bubonic plague early in childhood and took on odd jobs to pay for his education. During his childhood he was influenced by the writer Gorur Ramaswamy Iyengar.

Bhyrappa completed his primary education in Channarayapatna taluk before moving to Mysore where he completed the rest of his education. His autobiography, Bhitti (Wall) records a break in his high school education. Bhyrappa impulsively quit school, following his cousin's advice and wandered for a year with him. His sojourn led him to Mumbai, where he worked as a railway porter. In Mumbai he met a group of sadhus and joined them to seek spiritual solace. He wandered with them for a few months before returning to Mysore to resume his education.


  • High School – Navodaya High School (now), Channarayapatna, Sharada Vilas High School, Mysore
  • B.A (Hons) – Philosophy (Major), Mysore University
  • M.A – Philosophy, awarded the gold medal by Mysore University
  • Doctor of Philosophy – Satya mattu Soundarya (Truth and Beauty) written in English, Maharaja Sayajirao University of Baroda
  • Career

    S L Bhyrappa was a Lecturer of Philosophy at Sri Kadasiddheshwar College, Hubli; Sardar Patel University in Gujarat; NCERT, Delhi; and the Regional College of Education, Mysore from which he retired in 1991. Bhyrappa has two sons, and lives with his wife in Mysore.

    Bhyrappa is widely read in English, Kannada and Sanskrit, and educated in Indian and western philosophy. He can quote authors ranging from William James to V.S. Naipaul.


    Starting with Bheemakaya, first published in 1958, Bhyrappa has authored twenty four novels in a career spanning more than five decades. Vamshavruksha, Tabbaliyu Neenade Magane, Matadana and Nayi Neralu were made into films that received critical acclaim. Vamshavruksha has received the Kannada Sahitya Academy Award in 1966 and Daatu (Crossing Over) received both the Kannada and the Kendra Sahitya Academy awards in 1975. Parva, the most critically acclaimed of all his novels narrates the social structure, values and mortality in the epic of Mahabharata very effectively. Bhyrappa reconstructs the Mahabharatha from sociological and anthropological angle, through metaphors in this novel.


    Many of Bhyrappa's novels have been translated into other Indian languages and English. Bhyrappa has been one of the best selling authors in Kannada for past twenty five years, and translations of his books have been best sellers for the past eight years in the Marathi and in the past five years in Hindi.

    Most of his novels have been reprinted several times. His recently printed novel Aavarana was sold out even before its release. The novel went on to create a record in Indian literary circles with ten reprints within five months of its release. His latest novel Yaana ("journey"), was released on August 2014. All his novels are published by Saahitya Bhandaara in Hubli, Karnataka.


    Bhyrappa was the center of controversies because of his themes and positions on sensitive issues. Some of Bhyrappa's prominent novels (such as Vamshavruksha, Tabbaliyu Neenaade Magane, Parva, and Saartha) have strong roots in ancient Indian philosophical tradition, thus inviting severe criticism from the Navya writers and from others. Bhyrappa supported N. R. Narayana Murthy when the latter was criticized by the media and the public regarding the controversy over playing an instrumental version of the national anthem at an important occasion. He also backed N. R. Narayana Murthy regarding Kaveri issue saying riots and protests are not going to solve the issue. Bhyrappa had a debate with Girish Karnad in the publication Vijaya Karnataka regarding the religious tolerance of 18th century Mysore ruler Tippu Sultan. In Bhyrappa's novel Aavarana, he accuses Tippu Sultan of being a religious fanatic who could not stand Hindus in his court. Bhyrappa had substantiated the argument based on several historic sources written in India during Tippu Sultan's rule. One of the issues Bhyrappa raised was the usage of Persian word bin (which is used to refer to a person as a "son of") in Government of Karnataka records even during modern times. This practice started during Tippu Sultan's rule, which according to Bhyrappa was one of the several methods used to enforce Islamic rule on Hindus. The book discusses other methods used by Tippu Sultan to convert Hindus to Islam. Bhyrappa backs his claims with historical references. This was criticized by Girish Karnad, who portrays Tippu Sultan as a secular ruler in his plays. Bhyrappa accused Karnad of giving an inaccurate account of Tippu Sultan in his plays.

    U.R. Ananthamurthy was a prominent critic of Bhyrappa's novels. Bhyrappa has documented his debate with Ananthamurthy in Bhitti, as well as in a few essays in his book Naaneke Bareyuttene. Bhyrappa's more recent novel Avarana brings out historical information about what Islamic rule did to ancient Indian social and cultural life. This has stirred a major controversy. There have been accusations leveled at Bhyrappa of being a Hindu fundamentalist who wants to divide society on the basis of history, an allegation which Bhyrappa anticipates and tries to refute by referring to notable sources. Ananthamurthy criticized Bhyrappa and his works, calling Aavarana "dangerous". Ananthamurthy accused Bhyrappa of being more of a debater than a story teller (Quote:"doesn't know what Hindu religion stands for" and "does not know how to write novels"). However Bhyrappa claims that the novel was result of his search for truth and there was no ulterior motive behind the novel. He urges critics to study the reference books mentioned in the novel before arriving at any conclusion about it.

    National Awards

  • Padma Shri award (Government of India, 2016)
  • Sahitya Akademi Fellowship (Government of India, 2015)
  • National Research Professor, (Government of India, 2014)
  • Saraswati Samman for his novel Mandra (Birla Foundation, 2011).
  • Sahitya Akademi Award (Government of India, 1975)
  • State Awards

  • Sri Krishnadevaraya Award (Telugu Vignana Samithi, 2017).
  • Honorary Doctorate from Mysore University (2015).
  • Betageri Krishna Sharma Award (2014)
  • Vagvilasini Puraskar (Deenanath Memorial Foundation, Pune, 2012)
  • Nadoja Award (2011)
  • NTR National Award (2007).
  • Honorary Doctorate from Gulbarga University (2007).
  • Pampa Award (2005).
  • President, Kannada Sahitya Sammelana at Kanakapura (1999)
  • Kannada Sahitya Academy award (Government of Karnataka, 1966)
  • Works


  • Gatha Janma Matteradu Kathegalu/ಗತಜನ್ಮ ಮತ್ತೆರಡು ಕತೆಗಳು (1955)
  • Bheemakaaya/ಭೀಮಕಾಯ (1958)
  • Belaku Mooditu/ಬೆಳಕು ಮೂಡಿತು (1959)
  • Dharmashree/ಧರ್ಮಶ್ರೀ (1961)
  • Doora saridaru/ದೂರ ಸರಿದರು (1962)
  • Matadana/ಮತದಾನ (1965)
  • (1965)
  • Jalapaata/ಜಲಪಾತ (1967)
  • ""
  • Tabbaliyu_Neenade_Magane_(novel)/ತಬ್ಬಲಿಯು ನೀನಾದೆ ಮಗನೆ (1968)
  • Gruhabhanga/ಗೃಹಭಂಗ (1970)
  • Nirakarana/ನಿರಾಕರಣ (1971)
  • (1972)
  • Daatu/ದಾಟು (1972)
  • Anweshane/ಅನ್ವೇಷಣೆ (1976)
  • Parva_(novel)/ಪರ್ವ1979)
  • Nele_(novel)/ನೆಲೆ (1983)
  • " (1986)
  • Anchu_(Book)/ಅಂಚು (1990)
  • Tantu/ತಂತು (1993)
  • Saartha/ಸಾರ್ಥ (1998)
  • /ಮಂದ್ರ (Mandra_(novel)2001)
  • Aavarana/ಆವರಣ (2007)
  • Kavalu/ಕವಲು (2010)
  • Yaana_(novel)/ಯಾನ (2014)
  • Uttarakaanda_(novel)/ಉತ್ತರಕಾಂಡ (2017)
  • Autobiography/ಆತ್ಮಕಥನ

  • Bhitti/ಭಿತ್ತಿ (1996, reprinted:1997, 2000, 2006)
  • Criticism/ವಿಮರ್ಶೆ

  • Satya mattu Soundarya/ಸತ್ಯ ಮತ್ತು ಸೌಂದರ್ಯ (1966) (Doctoral thesis)
  • Saahitya mattu Prateeka/ಸಾಹಿತ್ಯ ಮತ್ತು ಪ್ರತೀಕ (1967)
  • Kathe mattu Kathavastu/ಕಥೆ ಮತ್ತು ಕಥಾವಸ್ತು (1969)
  • Naaneke Bareyuttene?/ನಾನೇಕೆ ಬರೆಯುತ್ತೇನೆ? (1980)
  • Sandarbha:Samvada/ಸಂದರ್ಭ:ಸಂವಾದ (2011)
  • Short Story/ಸಣ್ಣಕಥೆ

    His short story "Avva/ಅವ್ವ" was published in the "Kasturi" magazine and it's considered as his maiden short story.

    Bhyrappa's works translated into other languages

  • Dharmashree  : Sanskrit, Marathi
  • Vamshavruksha  : Telugu, Marathi, Hindi, Urdu, English
  • Nayi-Neralu  : Gujarati, Hindi
  • Tabbaliyu Neenade Magane : Hindi
  • Gruhabhanga  : All 14 scheduled languages of India, English
  • Nirakarana  : Hindi
  • Daatu  : All 14 scheduled languages of India, English
  • Anveshana  : Marathi, Hindi
  • Parva  : Telugu, Marathi, Hindi, Bengali, Tamil, English
  • Nele  : Hindi
  • Sakshi  : Hindi, English
  • Anchu  : Marathi, Hindi
  • Tantu  : Marathi, Hindi
  • Sartha  : Sanskrit, Marathi, Hindi, English
  • Aavarana  : Sanskrit, Marathi, Hindi, Tamil,English
  • Naneke Bareyuttene  : Marathi, English
  • Satya mattu Soundarya  : English
  • Bhitti  : Marathi, Hindi
  • Mandra  : Marathi, Hindi, English
  • Movies

  • Vamshavruksha (1972)
  • Tabbaliyu Neenade Magane (1977)
  • Matadana (2001)
  • Nayi-Neralu (2006)
  • Television series

  • Gruhabhanga
  • Daatu
  • References

    S. L. Bhyrappa Wikipedia

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