Gopalakrishna Adiga

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Gopalakrishna Adiga
Born Template:Birth year
Mogeri, South Canara, Madras Presidency, British India
(present-day Kundapura taluk, Udupi district, Karnataka, India)
Died 1992 (aged 73–74)
Bangalore, Karnataka
Occupation Poet, writer, professor
Genre Fiction
Literary movement Navya

Mogeri Gopalakrishna Adiga (1918–1992) was a modern Kannada poet. He is known by some commentators as the "pioneer of New style" poetry.[1]


As editor of Saakshi magazine he helped bring Kannada literature to the masses.[2]

Adiga's grandson is Manu Raju, Senior Political reporter for CNN.[3]


In the 1950s and 1960s Adiga was a teacher in Mysore.[4] From 1964 until 1968 he was the principal of Lal Bahadur College in Sagara, and from 1968 until 1971 he was Principal of Poorna Prajna College in Udupi.[5]

His style has been described[by whom?] as a response to the independence of India from British rule in 1947. The style called Navya was generally about the new times. Inspired by modern Western literature and Indian tradition, he set out to portray the "disillusionment and angst of the times".[5]


  • Bhavataranga - 1946
  • Anathey' - 1954 (novel)
  • Bhoomi Geetha - 1959
  • Mannina Vasane (book of essays) - 1966
  • Vardhamana - 1972
  • Idanna Bayasiralilla (poems) - 1975
  • Samagra Kavya (collection of poems) - 1976
  • [1] [archive] Sakshi (Magazine) - 1962


  • "ಇರುವುದೆಲ್ಲವ ಬಿಟ್ಟು ಇರದುದರೆಡೆಗೆ ತುಡಿವುದೆ ಜೀವನ?" (Iruvudellava bittu iradudaredege tudivude jeevana?)

Is life leaving everything we have and craving for things which we do not have?

  • "ಮೌನ ತಬ್ಬಿತು ನೆಲವ" (mouna tabbitu nelava)[6]

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  1. [archive] Archived [archive] 28 February 2009 at the Wayback Machine. The Hindu - 26 September 2002
  2. Gopalakrishna Adiga remembered [archive] Archived [archive] 13 March 2007 at the Wayback Machine. The Hindu - 4 October 2004
  3. [archive]
  4. The Mysore generation [archive] The Hindu - 25 Apr 2004.
  5. 5.0 5.1 "Indian Poets Writing In Kannada" [archive]. Archived from the original on 26 October 2009. Retrieved 2010-10-08.CS1 maint: BOT: original-url status unknown (link)<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles> - Indian Poets
  6. QUOTES about Aswath [archive] - C. Aswath