M. Govinda Pai

[Rashtrakavi] (1883–1963 / Manjeshwar, Kasaragod, Kerala / India)

M. Govinda Pai
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Manjeshwar Govinda Pai (Kannada: ಮಂಜೇಶ್ವರ ಗೋವಿಂದ ಪೈ), also known as Rastrakavi Govinda Pai, was a Kannada poet. He was awarded the first Rashtrakavi title by the Madras Government (Kasaragod district was part of South Kanara district of Madras state prior to the States reorganisation on 1 November 1956). Rashtrakavi M. Govinda Pai was the one who put Manjeshwar on the literary maps of India.

Early Life

M. Govinda Pai was born on 23 March 1883 in a Konkani GSB family at his maternal grandfather's house in Manjeshwar. He was the first son of Mangalore Sahukaar Thimmappa Pai and Devaki Amma. Govinda Pai went to school in Mangalore. For college education, Pai went to... more »

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