Google Doodle paid honor to renowned Kannada poet and author Kuppali Venkatappa Puttappa, also popularly known as Kuvempu, on his 113th birth anniversary. His writings and his contribution to 'Universal Humanism' gives him a unique place in modern Indian literature.
Kuvempu is considered among the greatest writers in the Kannada language. Born on December 29, 1904, Kuvempu underwent homeschooling in his early childhood. He joined the middle-schooling in Anglo-Vernacular school, Tirthahalli. Later, he completed his graduation from the Maharaja College, Mysore, majoring in the Kannada language & began his academic career as a lecturer of Kannada language at the Maharajas College in Mysore.
From then, he worked as an advocate in making Kannada the medium of education in Karnataka. He founded an organization at the Mysore University to research the Kannada language which has been named after him as "Kuvempu Institute of Kannada Studies".
Kuvempu started his literary career with a collection of poetry called Beginner's Muse but later switched to his native language Kannada. He spearheaded the movement to make Kannada the medium for education in Karnataka, emphasizing the theme 'Education in the Mother's tongue'. He was also awarded the Jnanpith award for his version of the epic Ramayana called 'Sri Ramayana Darshanam'. Kuvempu also received Karnataka Ratna, Padma Vibhushan, Pampa Award, Jnanpith Award, Rashtrakavi Award, Padma Bhushan & Sahitya Akademi Award.
Kuvempu's writings reflected the wonders of the natural world, which is why, when illustrator Upamanyu Bhattacharyya and letterer Swati Shelar were working on the doodle, they chose to portray him surrounded by nature.
December 29 is observed as Rationalism Day to mark the birth anniversary of poet laureate. On this day, programmes are observed at government offices and educational institutions to propagate rational thinking and promote scientific temper among people.
Google celebrates his birth anniversary by dedicating its doodle. Kuvempu passed away on November 1, 1994 at the age of 89 and his words live in the minds of each and every Kannadiga's.