Bolwar Mahammed Kunhi - Bangalore Literature Festival (BLF)


Bolwar Mahamad Kunhi (born 1951) is a short story writer, novelist, playwright and scriptwriter, who writes in the Kannada language.[1] He is the first Indian writer to introduce Muslim ethos and culture into creative Kannada prose and is also considered as one of the best Short Story writers of Karnataka. He is the only Indian writer conferred with Central Sahitya Academy twice (2010 & 2016) for creative prose. He is also the first ever Kannada writer conferred with `Bala Sahitya Puraskar’ by Central Sahitya Academy.

In addition to Karnataka Rajyotsava Award, he has been awarded thrice from Karnataka Sahitya Academy including Lifetime Achievement Award. Besides several other awards, he is also conferred with KATHA award-Delhi, Bharatiya Bhasha Sasthan Award – Calcutta, Dr. Shivarama Karantha Balavana Award-Putturu, Basavaraja Kattimani Award – Belgaum, MWF Award- Abudhabi etc. He has won National Awards twice for his contribution to Kannada Films.

His works have been translated into other Indian languages including in English. His work focuses on erasing misconceptions about Islam in India and nurturing a more positive outlook towards Islam.