V. K. Gokak

Infobox Writer
name = Vinayaka Krishna Gokak

caption =
pseudonym =
birthdate = birth date|1909|8|9|df=y
birthplace = Savanur, Haveri district, Karnataka
deathdate = death date and age|1992|4|28|1909|8|9|df=y
deathplace = Bengaluru, Karnataka
occupation = Professor, Writer
nationality = Indian
period =
genre = Fiction
subject =
movement = Navodaya
influences = D.R. Bendre
influenced = Mangesh V. Nadkarni, Lindsay Rego

website =

Vinayaka Krishna Gokak Kannada:ವಿನಾಯಕ ಕೃಷ್ಣ ಗೊಕಾಕ್ (1909-1992) was a major writer in Kannada language and a scholar of English and Kannada literatures. He was fifth among seven recipients [cite web
last =
first =
title = Jnanpith Award
url = http://ekavi.org/jnanpeeth.htm
publisher = Ekavi
accessdate = 2006-10-31
] of Jnanpith Award for Kannada language for his epic Bharatha Sindhu Rashmi. Bharatha Sindhu Rashmi that deals with the vedic age is perhaps the longest epic written in any language in the 20th Century.

Academic life

Vinayak Gokak was a student of literature at Karnatak College, Dharwad. Gokak with a first at Oxford in a colonial India, was a charismatic Indian professor of English. After returning from Oxford, he in the year 1938 became the principal of Willingdon college at Sangli. Through the years, Gokak had the privilege of heading colleges, universites and elite institutes.

elected work


* Bharatha Sindhu Rashmi


* Samarasave Jeevana

Poetry Collections

* Urnanaabha
* Abyudaya
* Baaladeguladalli
* Dhyava Pruthvi (Kannada Saahithya Academy Award)
* Samudra Geethegal


* Voices of the Himalaya: poems. Trans. by the author, Kamala Ratnam, V.K. Gokak and others. (Bombay: Asia Publishing House, 1966. vi, 70 p.) being translation of poems by celebrated poet Ramdhari Singh 'Dinkar'

ee also

* Gokak agitation - a language campaign


External links

* [http://ekavi.org/jnanpeeth.htm Kannada Jnanpith Award Winners]
* [http://www.dharwad.com/poets.html Dharwad]

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