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Dattatreya Ramachandra Bendre

Dattatreya Ramachandra Bendre (Dhaa. Raa. Bendre): 1896 - 1986

Born in Dharwad. He took his B.A. at the famous Fergusson College in Pune. He got his M.A. in 1934 and worked as a teacher in different schools in different areas. He then joined Masti's monthly journal Jeevana as its honorary editor and went on to work in several more schools and colleges before joining the D.A.V. College of Sholapur as professor of Kannada. He remained in this position for 12 years till his superannuation at age 60.

Bendre composed close to 30 collections of poems, but also produced many memorable plays, short stories, critiques and translations, and he wrote in Marathi too. He was a renowned poet, critic and translator of Kannada and Marathi literature.

Honours and awards:
1. President of the 27th Kannada Sahitya Sammelana of Shimoga in 1943.
2. Awarded honorary doctorate by the University of Mysore and Karnataka
3. Elected Fellow of the Central Sahitya Akademi in 1969.
4. Honoured with the Central Sahitya Akademi 's award
5. Jnanpith award in 1974 for his anthology of poems Naku Thanthi .

Works:
1. Naku Thanthi
2. Thuthuri, Kogile
3. Krishnakumari
4. Nara Bali
5. Aralu Maralu
6. Samvada
7. Nada Lila




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