Kannada Literary Journalists
First Online: September 01, 2006
Page Last Updated: April 04, 2014
Journalism as a field of literature in Kannada language started
about 1840 A.D. when Herman
Mongling, a German missionary started "Mangaluru Samachar" and "Kannada
Samachar"  newspapers. Bhashyam Bhashyacharya (1833- 1884 A.D.)
of Mysore started a weekly "Mysuru Vrittanta Bodhini". This is considered as
the first Kannada periodical.
Since then great many leaders have developed journalism as a fine literature
form in Kannada language, and here, I have attempted to remember them on the
occasion of 50 years of forming the state of Karnataka. The following list
includes reporters, editors, columnists, and biographers, but does not include
writers of other genre like novels, poetry, or classics. I have tried to
mention their respective periodicals as well, and I hope this will be a great
resource for researchers of Kannada journalism as a literary movement.
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Prominent Writers Who Developed Kannada Literary Journalism
A.R. Krishnasastry started Prabuddha Karnataka (1918)
- Mohare Hanamanthraya started Samyukta Karnataka (1929)
- Yajaman Veer Basappa of Mysore Star
Ti. Ta. Sharma ran Vishwa Karnataka for many years
B. Puttaswamiah of Okkaligara Patrike
B.M. Srikantiah operated a regional paper Kannada Bavuta
M. Venkatakrishniah (1844-1933) of Mysore. He ran Sadhvi,
Vrittanta Chintamani, Grama Jeevana and many other periodicals.
K. N. Guruswamy (b. 1901) who started Mysore Printers. Prajavani,
Sudha, Mayur and Deccan Herald were started here.
Patil Puttappa started Vishwavani
Kadengodlu Shankar Bhat started Rashrabandhu
M. Sivaram (Raa.Shi) started the Kannada humor magazine Koravanji
in 1942. It is still in print under the name Aparanji
N.R. Karibasappa Shastry (1872-1923) served as the editor of
Mysore Star, and also ran "Veerashiva Grantha Prakashike" monthly.
Huruli Bheemarao (1889-1970) edited Kanthirava magazine
for thirty-five years.
- V.B.Naik edited Samyukta Karnataka
P.R. Ramayya (1894-1970) started a hand-written newspaper Dinavani.
He also contributed many articles to period publications.
Ranganath Diwakar established the Loka Shikshana Trust and
edited Samyukta Karnataka, Kasturi, and Karmaveera.
Siddavanahalli Krishnasharma (1904-1973), a freedom fighter and
edited Vishwa Karnataka, Vahini, Jai Karnataka, and Navodaya
Gopalakrishna Adiga edited Sakshi as a periodical for
M.N. Chowdappa(1909-1985) Served as editor of Prajamata and
Gourish Kaikini (1913-2002) edited Belaku and Nagarika
B.N. Gupta (1895-1976) who invested and started Prajamata,
Janavani, Chitragupta and Mallige
R. Kalyanamma (1894-1965) operated a women's paper Saraswati
M.R. Lakshamma (1913-1984) started a weekly for women called Sodari
Padigaru Venkataramanacharya] (Pavem or Langulacharya)
served as editor of Kasturi, Antaranga, and Karmaveera,
and popularized reading habit among Kannadigas.
Khadri Shamanna was well known for his editorials, served in Prajavani,
Samyukta Karnataka and Kannada Prabha newspapers.
- Nadig Krishnamurthy (1921-1983) mentored many arts students to
take up journalism, and served as a professor of journalism
Niranjan contributed as a columnist and assistant editor in Rashrabandhu,
Janashakti and Prajavani.
- Mathihalli Nagaraja Rao served with Samyukta Karnataka daily.
H.V. Nagarajarao served as editor of Prajamata
Pa.Su. Bhat (1931-1981) worked with papers Samyukta Karnataka
Santosh Kumar Gulwady served as the editor of Taranga and tried
many new experiments in Kannada periodical publishing.
Babu Krishnamurthy (Chintamani Venkatesh Shatry Krishnamurthy)
served with the Mangala weekly and currently the editor of Karmaveera.
E.R. Seturam worked for many years as a news analyst and when Sudha
weekly was started, became its editor.
M.B. Singh (b. 1925) served as the editor of Sudha weekly
P. Lankesh who started and edited Lankesh Patrike, which
was free of advertisements and was very popular with the subscribers for its
casteist coverage of politics, crude humor, and all original content.
Vijaya Subramanyam of Roopatara Cinema magazine
M. Raman of Roopatara
T. Satish U. Pai served the Udayavani newspaper for many
years as managing editor and editor
Chiranjivi who served on the editorial staff of Taranga.
S. Diwakar formerly of Mallige monthly
G.U. Bhat who edited and published Nagarika weekly
K.P. Poornachandra Tejasvi wrote a very popular column and
essays for Lankesh Patrike.
G.S. Sadashiva who edited Mayura monthly
Vishweshwar Bhat who as editor of Vijaya Karnataka daily,
exploded its subscriptions and popularized daily reading of Kannada news
- Ravi Belegere popular columnist who wrote "Hi Bangalore" and
edits a weekly with the same name.
- Kru. Na. Murthy of Hasan who ran "Janamitra"
- H.S. Rammanna of Tumkur who runs "Tumkur Varte"
- Poornima Ramanna edited and published "Nagemugulu"
- B.S.N. Mallya of Vikrama Weekly Magazine
Kadengodlu Shankar Bhat
Srinivasrao S. V., Kannada Sahiti Darshana, Sourabha Publishers,
Adhunika Kannada Barahagararu, Mysore Prasaranga