Gourish Kaikini

(October 12, 1912 – November 13, 2002 / Gokarna, Karwar, Uttar Kannada, Karnataka / India)

Biography of Gourish Kaikini

Gourish Kaikini poet

Gourish Kaikini was a litterateur, teacher and columnist in Kannada language. He was conferred with many prestigious awards including Sahitya Academy award and Rajyotsava Award given by Government of Karnataka. He also wrote in Konkani language.

Early Life

Gourish Kaikini was born on October 12, 1912. He graduated from Dharwad and served as a high school teacher at Bankikodla and Gokarna from 1937 to 1976. He married Shantabai in 1953. His son Jayant Kaikini is a poet and writer in Kannada literature.


Gourish Kaikini wrote a total of 62 books, most of them in Kannada language. He has written some novels and poetry collections too. He served as a writer and a columnist for several newspapers and periodicals. His style of writing attracted widespread acclaim. Dialectic between tradition and modernity has been Kaikin's central concern.

Awards and Honors

Kaikini has been honored with number of prestigious awards. He was honored with the Ideal Teacher award in 1973. He was bestowed with the diamond jubilee award of the Kannada Sahitya Parishat, Vardhamana Prashasti, Sahitya Academy Award, Karnatak University's honorary doctorate degree, Karnataka Rajyotstava Prashasti, Dr Sham Bha Forum Prashanti, Mangalore Sandesh Prashanti and Konkani Sahitya Prashasti for his Konkani work Meenakshi. An organization has been set up in his name and writers in Kannada literature are conferred with awards every year from the organization.

Major Works

Kaikini's major works include Avamanavathavaada, Nasthika Mathu Devaru, Manovignanada Roopureshegalu and Sathyarthi.

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