Professor T.N. Sreekantaiyya (1906-66) was a distinguished scholar and writer in Kannada. After a brilliant academic career and with M.A. degrees in Kannada and English, he did a stint in the Mysore State Civil Service before joining the Kannada department of the Mysore University (1928). He went to Dharwar as the first Professor of Kannada in the Karnatak University (1952-57), from which he returned to Mysore as the Professor and Head of the Kannada Department and returned in 1962. Combining in himself sound historical scholarship with keen literary sensibility, lucid exposition with balanced judgement, TNS (as he was popularly known) was an inspiring teacher and a popular lecturer. Wrote not much but what he wrote was considered genuine gold. Was the author of a volume of love poems and one of essays and a number of other works and scholarly articles. Bharatiya Kavyamimamse (1953), a succinct historical and critical account of Indian poetics, is considered to be his masterpiece, even after four decades and six prints, it is still in constant demand by scholars, students and the lay readers. Recently it was awarded the Pampa Prasasti, the highest literary award instituted by the Karnataka Government for outstanding Kannada works.
N. Balasubrahmanya (b. 1926) retired as a Professor of English, Mysore University. Has translated Aristotle's Poetics. Horace's Literary Epistles and Longinus's On the Sublime into Kannada, all of which got the annual awards of the Karnataka State Sahitya Academy. Has translated many other works into Kannada and written a number of articles in Kannada and English, on literature and philosophy. Is at present working as the Chief Editor-Kannada Dictionary, being published by the Mysore University. 'Dr. GSS Award', instituted for scholars in the field of criticism and poetics was awarded to him for the year 2000.
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