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Pampa Award


Pampa Award

Pampa Prashasti
Type Civilian
Category Literature
Description Highest literary award of
Instituted 1987
First awarded 1987
Last awarded 2013
Total awarded 23
Awarded by Government of Karnataka
Cash award Rs. one lakh (1987 – 2007)
Rs. three lakh (2008 – )
First awardee(s) Kuvempu
Last awardee(s) D. N. Shankara Bhat

The Pampa Award (or Pampa Prashasti) is a literary award in the Indian state of Karnataka. The award was established in 1987 by Government of Karnataka. It is one of the highest literary honors conferred by the Department of Kannada and Culture, Government of Karnataka State.[1] It is awarded each year for a best literary work, written in the Kannada language (one of the 22 Official languages of India) or for a lifetime contribution to Kannada literature by a citizen of Karnataka.


  • Award 1
  • Ceremony 2
  • List of Awardees 3
  • References 4


The award is named after the first Kannada poet Adikavi Pampa.[2] The award comprises a cash prize of Rs. one lakh (Rs. 100,000), a shawl, a citation and a memento.[3] However from 2008, cash prize was increased to Rs. three lakh.[4] Prior to 1996, the awards were given for a best single work by a Kannada writer. Since then, the award has been given to writers for their lifetime contribution to the Kannada literature. Kuvempu was the first recipient of this award for Sri Ramayana Darshanam.


The Pampa Prashasti is presented by the Minister of State for Kannada and Culture, during the Kadambotsava, a cultural festival held annually in poet Pampa's town of Banavasi in Uttar Kannada district.[5]

List of Awardees

Year Writer Works
1987 Kuvempu Sri Ramayana Darshanam
1988 T. N. Srikantaiah Bharathiya Kavya Meemaamse
1989 K. Shivaram Karanth Mai Managala Sulliyali
1990 S. S. Bhoosnurmath Shoonya Sampadaneya Paramarshe
1991 P. T. Narasimhachar Shri Haricharitha
1992 A. N. Murthy Rao Devaru
1993 Gopalakrishna Adiga Suvarna Puthalli
1994 Sediyapu Krishna Bhatta Vichara Prapancha
1995 K. S. Narasimhaswamy Dundu Mallige
1996 M. M. Kalburgi lifetime contribution
1997 G. S. Shivarudrappa lifetime contribution
1998 D. Javare Gowda lifetime contribution
1999 Chanaveera Kanavi lifetime contribution
2000 L. Basavaraju lifetime contribution
2001 Poornachandra Tejaswi lifetime contribution
2002 M. Chidananda Murthy lifetime contribution
2003 Chandrashekhara Kambara lifetime contribution
2004 H. L. Nage Gowda lifetime contribution
2005 S. L. Bhyrappa lifetime contribution
2006 G. S. Amur [6] lifetime contribution
2007 Yashwant V. Chittal [7]
2008 Venkatachala Shastri [8]
2009 Chandrashekara Patila
2010 G. H. Nayak
2011 Baraguru Ramachandrappa lifetime contribution
2013 D. N. Shankara Bhat lifetime contribution


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