ಹೇಳತೇನ ಕೇಳ: Listen, I Will Tell You
Chandrashekhar Kambar with Basavaraj Kalgudi
Jnanpith awardee Dr. Chandrasekhar B. Kambar is a leading poet, playwright and folklorist in Kannada. He has published 24 plays, 10 collections of poems, 5 novels and 16 research books on folklore, theatre, literature and education, including critical perceptions. He has also published an epic poem called Chakori. Born on 2 January 1937 in Ghodgeri, Belgaum district, Hukkeri Taluq, Karnataka, he did his MA and PhD from Karnataka University, Dharwad. He went on to trace a rich and varied career path. He taught at Bangalore University and the University of Chicago. Besides, he was member, Legislative Council, Government of Karnataka; founder-vice-chancellor, Kannada University, Hampi; and chair, National School of Drama Society. He has made 5 feature films and several documentaries and composed music for 6 feature films, and many documentaries and TV series. His Kaadu Kudure entered into the Indian Panorama in 1987 and won the National Award. His film Sangeeta won the 3rd Best Feature Film State Award in the year 1981. He has received numerous honours and felicitations from art, theatre and film academies, and from the government.
Former President of Kendriya Sahitya Akademi, New Delhi, Vice President of Kendriya Sahitya Akademi. Awarded Padma Vibhushan in 2021.