Gopalakrishna Adiga

(18 February 1918 - 14 November 1992 / Mogeri, Kundapura taluk, Udupi, Karnataka / India)

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Mogeri Gopalakrishna Adiga (Kannada: ಮೊಗೇರಿ ಗೋಪಾಲ ಕೃಷ್ಣ ಅಡಿಗ) was one of the majors figures in modern Kannada poetry. He is known as the "pioneer of New style" poetry.

Early Life

Born in an orthodox, scholarly, Brahmin family in the coastal village of Mogeri, Udupi district, in Karnataka State. After primary education in Mogeri and Baindooru, he went to high school in Kundapur, 14 miles away from his village. His education would have ended after high school, but for the foresight of his aunt, who, against the will of other family members, gave moral and monetary support for his college studies. Thus, Adiga went to Mysore and earned his BA (Hons) in English ... more »

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  • Uttam Mukhopadhyay (9/22/2016 1:14:00 PM)

    Fascinating imagery and powerful thoughts- some with reference to Indian religious texts and mythology. Interesting to know that he was a lecturer/professor in the English department of a college in India but wrote in his native Kannada. Jiban-ananda Das, superb Bengali poet, was a lecturer/professor in the English department of a college in India.

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Best Poem of Gopalakrishna Adiga


Where are you now? Once hand in hand with me
You blew the sail, plump and round,
Got clearance at the checkposts, led me to distant lands, far off islands,
And then suddenly slipped out, and escaped.

You flew into the vast blue sky
Deserting me before I could open my eyes;
Halfway through the belching orchard I tripped and fell
On the shore of the lake drunk to the brim.

Burdened by my body, I lie here , an orphan;
Flower and creeper, plant and thicket, tree and bush
Mockingly gaze, turn away their face, and laugh:
Cruel jokes and constant ...

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