Eminent Kannada Writer and Scholar Kamala Hampana Passes Away at 89

The literary world mourns the loss of Kamala Hampana, a towering figure in Kannada literature, who passed away at the age of 89. Hampana succumbed to a heart attack early this morning at her daughter’s residence in Seshadripuram, Bengaluru.

Kamala Hampana’s death marks the end of an illustrious era in Kannada literature. Over her extensive career spanning six decades, she made pioneering contributions that significantly shaped the literary landscape. Her works are celebrated for their depth, insight, and the way they championed the Kannada language and culture.

Her mortal remains have been kept at Samsa Bayalu Ranga Mandira, allowing the public to pay their last respects. The final rites are scheduled to be held at her residence in Rajajinagar later today. In line with her wishes, her body will be donated to Ramaiah Medical College, continuing her legacy of giving even in death.

Born in a time when female writers faced considerable societal barriers, Kamala Hampana broke through these obstacles, becoming a beacon of inspiration for future generations of writers. Her remarkable literary journey earned her numerous prestigious accolades, including the Danachintamani Attimabbe Award and the Nadoja Award from Hampi Kannada University. She also held the distinguished position of President of the 71st Kannada Literary Conference, a testament to her influence and respect in the literary community.

Hampana is survived by her husband, Prof. Hampa Nagarajaiah, a noted writer and scholar, along with their two daughters and a son. Admirers widely acknowledge and cherish her family’s literary legacy and contributions to Kannada culture.

The outpouring of grief and tributes from literary peers, students, and readers highlights her indelible mark on Kannada literature. Kamala Hampana’s writings will continue to inspire and educate, ensuring her legacy lives on for future generations.

As the city of Bengaluru bids farewell to one of its most esteemed literary figures, Kamala Hampana’s life and work remain a poignant reminder of the power of literature to transcend time and touch the human soul.