Renowned Kannada writer KT Gatti dies at 85

Winner of the Kendra Sahitya Academy and Rajyotsava awards, Gatti hailed from Koodlu in Kasaragod district of Kerala.

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Published Feb 19, 2024 | 5:19 PMUpdatedFeb 19, 2024 | 5:24 PM

KT Gatti

Renowned Kannada novelist, playwright, and poet Koodlu Thimmappa Gatti, died at his residence in Mangaluru on Monday, 19 February. He was 85.

Winner of the Kendra Sahitya Academy and Rajyotsava awards, Gatti hailed from Koodlu in the Kasaragod district of Kerala.

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Life of Gatti

He has published more than 50 novels and essays, two poems including one in English, and more than 50 plays.

Among them, around 30 plays written for children were translated into different languages and broadcast in Akashavani.

His novels include Shabdagalu (1976), Saumya (1978), Mane, Ramayajnya, Nirantara, Abrahmana, Amuktha, Avibhaktaru, Karmanye Vadhikarasthe, Koopa, Poojary, Bisilugudure, Mrityorma Amritam Gamaya, Yugantara, Shilatapaswi, Swarna Mraga, and Aragina Mane.

After a stint as a college lecturer in Udupi, Gatti travelled to Ethiopia where he worked as professor. He also obtained diplomas in English from the Trinity and Oxford colleges in England.

After returning to India, he quit teaching and took up farming at Ujire near Mangaluru in the Dakshina Kannada district.

Gatti’s literary contributions earned him widespread recognition.

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