The death of celebrated Kannada writer Champa was mourned by Sandalwood celebrities. Chandrashekhar Patil, better known by his pen name Champa, died today at a private hospital in Bengaluru. He was stricken by age-related illnesses.
Several stars wrote sympathy notes on social media sites after learning of the famed writer's death. "We have lost progressive intellectual & writer #Champa Sir today," actor Chetan Kumar Ahimsa said on Twitter. I've had the honour of sharing the stage with him on various times over the last 15 years. Kannada Rajyotsava, 'I Am Gauri,' Bengaluru's anti-Hindi movement, and others are among the activities. He will be remembered." Sumalatha Ambareesh, an actress-turned-politician, also sent a condolence message for the writer on her Facebook page.
We have lost progressive intellectual & writer #Champa Sir today
For the past 15 years, I have had the privilege of sharing the stage w/ him on several occasions
The events include: Kannada Rajyotsava, ‘I Am Gauri’, anti-Hindi movement in Bengaluru, & others
We will miss him pic.twitter.com/GnGTI5E4zD
In the early 1960s, Champa began his literary career as a poet. To name a few, he was responsible for plays such as Kodegalu, Gurutinavaru, Appa, and Tingara Buddanna. With two pals, he founded the journal Sankramana in 1964. He was an English professor at Karnatak University before moving into the entertainment sector.
Champa was well-known for his humanitarian work in addition to his literary talents. He was a founding member of the Kannada literature movement known as the Bandaya. He was also the president of the Kannada Sahitya Parishat and the chairman of the Kannada Development Authority. During the notorious Emergency, he was the only Kannada writer who was arrested.
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