Allama Prabhu, also known as Allama and Allaya, was a notable poet, a renowned philosopher and a patron saint of Lingayata in the 12th century, who used art and literature to prophesy his teachings. He is also a part of the Veera Shaivism or the ‘Trinity of Lingayatism’, along with Basavanna, a renowned social reformer […]
Over ages and eras, Karnataka has produced numerous noteworthy personalities who have contributed commendably to the nation in different ways. Famous personalities of Karnataka have made their mark in domains including social work, education, sports, politics, literature, dance, music, cinema and philosophy.
Basavanna, a 12th century philosopher from Karnataka, had spread awareness against caste system through his verses. Another notable personality from the same era, Akka Mahadevi emerged as a leader of the Bhakti movement and she is also one of the earliest female poets of the nation.
Karnataka has produced a number of distinguished scientists like C.N.R. Rao and Narayan Hosmane and respected politicians like George Fernandes, K.C. Reddy and H.D.Deve Gowda, too. Stalwarts of Indian cinema like Aishwarya Rai, Guru Dutt, Deepika Padukone and Prabhu Deva are from Karnataka. Celebrated sports personalities like Prakash Padukone, Mahesh Bhupathi and Rahul Dravid are Kannadigas as well. Read more about eminent personalities from Karnataka
Onake Obavva was a brave woman in the kingdom of Chitradurga in Karnataka, who single handed fought with the army of Hyder Ali. She just used a pestle called as Onake in Kannada and fought with the army. Her husband, Kalanayak was a security guard of one of the watchtowers located in the fort of Chitradurga. […]
Prakash Padukone is, without a doubt, the most famous badminton player from India. He took the country into the international spotlight by becoming one of the world’s leading badminton players. He was admired by fans for his aggressive playing style and is also the founder of the Prakash Padukone Badminton Academy. Prakash Padukone –Early Days […]
Born in 1904 in Chikmagalur, Karnataka, Kuvempu’s birth name is Kuppali Venkatappa Puttappa. He is regarded as one of the greatest Kannada literary masters of the twentieth century. He was a champion for social equality and extensively voiced against caste discrimination, gender inequality, and superstitions, which he believed were taking the society down a wrong […]
Shakuntala Devi is a mathematical genius renowned as “human computer “. She was born on 4th November 1929 AD, in Bangalore. She is reputed for solving complex mathematical problems effortlessly. She became an international marvel with her capability to solve any mathematical calculation from simple to complex in an exceptionally simple method. She has […]
105-year-old environmentalist Saalumarada Thimmakka has made herself and India proud to such an extent that even the BBC (British Broadcasting Corporation) knows her. The reason for her fame is that she has planted over 8,000 trees in 80 years. She has earned herself a spot in the prestigious list of BBCs 100 most influential women. […]
Vinayaka Krishna Gokak or V.K. Gokak or V.K.G was one of the popular writers in the official language of Karnataka, Kannada. He was also a scholar in English as well as Kannada literature. He took birth on 9 August 1999 and died on 28 April 1992 in Bengaluru, Karnataka. He was one of the top […]
A Venture Capitalist, entrepreneur, and philanthropist, Gururaj Deshpande is not a man to rest on his laurels. Fondly called ‘Desh’, he was born in Hubli, Karnataka. Hugely successful in his field, he has also helped set up several charities including Akshaya Patra and the Sandbox. In 2010, he was appointed by Barrack Obama as a […]
Karaganahalli Subbaraya Ashwathanarayana, a veteran Kannada actor, who played many unforgettable characters in the movies for over five decades. K. S. Ashwath acted in more than 370 films during his career life. He died at the age of 84, on 18 the January 2010. K. S. Ashwath had been one of the eminent actors of […]
Sir M Visvesvaraya, popularly known as Sir MV, was an engineer, statesman, and a scholar. Sir MV served as the Diwan of Mysore during the period of 1912-1918. In 1955, he was honoured with Bharat Ratna. For his contributions to the public goodness, he was bestowed as Knight Commander, by King George V, during the […]