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Noted Writer K.V. Tirumalesh Passed Away at 82 in Hyderabad

Noted Kannada writer K.V. Tirumalesh, 82, passed away in Hyderabad. K.V. Tirumalesh was suffering from age-related illnesses. He was regarded as one of the most versatile writers across genres and a man with eclectic interests. He is primarily recognized as a poet and honored with the Sahitya Akademi award for his innovative work Akshaya Kavya — “a long narrative sans story or aim” as he described it — he wrote extensively across genres, including plays, short stories, novels, translations, and criticism.

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K.V. Tirumalesh About

K. V. Tirumalesh born in the year 1940, was an Indian poet, writer, and critic in the Kannada and English languages, and a retired professor. He was awarded the Sahitya Akademi Award for his collections of poems Akshaya Kavya in Kannada (2010).

K.V. Tirumalesh Career

K.V. Tirumalesh’s career as a writer began in the 1960s when he wrote the collection of poems MukhavaaDagalu (Masks, 1968) in the Navya style, the modernist school of writing in Kannada literature. His Mahaprasthana (1990) was said to be the result of his exploration of ways of transcending the constraints of modernism. It dealt with the theme of disillusionment after victory, with the mythological heavenward journey of the Pandavas as the setting.

Tirumalesh’s collection of poems, Akshaya Kavya (2010), as described by him is an “epic fragment”. He elaborated: “Aksh aya Kavya imbibes this spirit in an extensive way. It is a long narrative sans story, sans didacticism, sans any aim, a sort of poetic sojourn with a lot of gaps. It is long and fragmentary at the same time: my models are Ezra Pound, William Carlos Williams, and Charles Olson.” The work won him the Sahitya Akademi Award for Kannada in 2015.

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