Born in Shivamogga district in 1936, he was a prolific writer, publishing many poetry collections besides critical works and translations.
Renowned Kannada poet, critic and translator NS Lakshminarayan Bhatta died at 6 am in Bengaluru.
Poets, whose sentiments (lyrical poems) were set to become popular and popular through cassettes in the 80s, were ill for some time. He is survived by his wife and two children.
Born in Shivamogga district in 1936, he was a prolific writer, publishing many poetry collections besides critical works and translations. He taught Kannada literature at the University of Bangalore until he retired. Some of his famous songs are Thay Nina Madilali, Manthu Kuthiruva Karulu Yavadu will be killed, Bare Nanna Deepika among others.
Dr. Bhatta translated William Shakespeare’s 50 sonnets, poetry and TS Elliot and Yeats into Kannada. He also translated many plays.
He compiled and edited the works of saint-poet Shishunala Sharif, which took his popularity beyond North Karnataka.
He won several awards including Karnataka Sahitya Akademi Award, Masti Prasasti and Kannada Rajyotsava Award.