Disclosing this to the press, district president Kannada Sahitya Parishad Pradeep Kumar Kalkura said apart from the 32 prizes, two special prizes will also be given away recognizing their contribution to Kannada and society.
Senior litterateur Vidwan Ramachandra Uchil (literature), Palthady Ramkrishna Achar, Puttur (Tulu literature and research), Subba Bangera, Gandhakaadu (Janapada Bootaradane), Shahanaz M (literature), K Anand Shetty (journalism), Sandesha Foundation (service to culture and education), Annu Sherigar, Bappanadu (music), Shivaprasad K Acharya, Puttur (art), G M Hassan Kunhi, Montepadau (rural social service), Kadri Navneeth Shetty (arts, culture, and television), B Sunil Baliga (sports-volleyball), Sanjay Kumar Shetty, Gonebeedu (yakshagana), Chandrashekhar Damle, Sullia (rural education service), Sindhu Bhairavi (young talent), Kasturi (visually impaired singer), B N Rao (theatre), D Annu Devadiga, Dharmasthala (music), K Annayya Sherigar (co-operative leader), Sharath Shetty Kinnigoli (theatre), K Saroja Mohan Das (Karnatic classical music), Prof B M Inchlamgodu, Moodbidri (Byari literature), Dr Anand Rudraiah Sali (medicine), B Giridhar Shetty, Beltangady (folk puppetry), K Mohandas Kasargod (cartoonist), Nritya Vidhushi Kamala Bhat (classical bharathanatyam) Vasanthi R Nayak (Konkani literature) U P Chandan (child cine artiste), Dr P Gauri Pai, Puttur (medicine), A C Bhandary, Nandavara (religious service), Shivaram Jogi, B C Road (Yakshagana), K Nagesh Salian (culture) and D M Ramgopal Shetty (medicince) will be given the award.
The special contribution award will be conferred on Archana R Priyadarshini (Karnatic classical music) and Chennakeshava M (yakshagana).
On the occasion, six government employees will be honoured with Nagarika Seva Award by the district administration, he informed. J R Lobo (KUDCEMP) and N R Umesh (ZP) have been selected for the award under the grade 1 gazetted officiers, while Vasudev Uchil (women and child welfare department) and Shantaram Chiplunkar (district training centre) have been selected in the grade II gazetted officers. In the non-gazetted division B Ramchandra (revenue dept) and U Harishchandra (ZP) are selected.
The selection committee was chaired by deputy commissioner H V Parshwanath, Kalkura informed.