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Acclaimed Kannada poet N S Lakshminarayana Bhatta no more
Acclaimed Kannada poet N S Lakshminarayana Bhatta no more

Legendary Kannada poet, eminent academic, and critic Prof N S Lakshminarayana Bhatta (85) passed away on Saturday morning in Bengaluru. Known as 'NSL' in the literary circles and Kannada music world, Lakshminarayana Bhatta was born in Shivamogga in 1936. He was suffering with age related ailments, family sources said.

Bhatta has been household name through his bhavageetes (lyrical poems), and is known for his contribution of modern Kannada poetry, critical works and translations.

He had translated about 50 of William Shakespeare sonnets, the poetry of T S Elliot and works of poet Yeats into Kannada.

Bhatta is survived by wife and two children, sources said adding that his last rites will be performed later in the day.

A recipient of Karnataka Sahitya Akademi award and Kannada Rajyotsava Award among others, his popular works include ''Thaye ninna madilali''. He served as Professor at Bengaluru university, and is revered for popularizing the works of saint-poet Shishunala Sharif.

Chief Minister B S Yediyurappa condoled the passing away of Bhatta and said Kannada literary world has lost one of its stars. JD(S) leader and former Chief Minister H D Kumaraswamy condoling Bhatta's death, remembered his works on songs or poetry for children.

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