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Devanoora Mahadeva
Born (1948-06-10) 10 June 1948 (age 75)[citation needed]
Devanuru, Nanjangud Taluk, Mysore District, Karnataka, India
  • Teacher
  • Writer
  • politician
  • Dalit leader
SubjectKannada literature
Literary movementKannada Dalita Bandaya
Notable worksOdalaala
Edege Bidda Akshara
Notable awardsPadmashri
Sahitya Akademi Award
Devanur Mahadeva
Academic background

Devanoora Mahadeva is an Indian writer and intellectual who writes in Kannada language. The Government of India conferred upon him the Padma Shri award, the fourth highest civilian award.[1]

Known among literary circles to be a rebel, Mahadeva rejected the Nrupatunga Award (carrying a purse of Rs 5,01,000) in 2010.[2] Devanura's rejection of the award was based on his dissatisfaction that despite being the official language of the state, Kannada is yet to be made the primary language of instruction in schools and colleges. He wants Kannada to be made the medium of learning at least up to the college level. Mahadeva is a Central Sahitya Academy awardee for his novel Kusuma Baale. In the 1990s he rejected the government's offer to nominate him to Rajya Sabha (the upper house of the Parliament of India) under the writer's quota.[3] In 2022, he published a book on the RSS that gained popularity and critical acclaim both for its content and its innovative open publishing model.[4][5]

Personal life

Mahadeva was born in 1948 in Devanuru village in Nanjanagudu Taluk, Mysore district of the Karnataka state, India, He worked at CIIL in Mysore.

Literary contributions

Awards and recognitions

Devanooru's awards and accolades include:

See also


  1. ^ Devanur receives Padma Shri. Cite:
  2. ^ Devanuru rejects Nrupatunga award. Cite: Archived 25 December 2013 at the Wayback Machine
  3. ^ Devanuru rejects Nrupatunga award. Cite: Archived 25 December 2013 at the Wayback Machine
  4. ^ kavitha (15 July 2022). "'I've written it for entire mankind': Kannada writer Devanur on his popular RSS book". The Federal. Retrieved 16 July 2022.
  5. ^ "Pratap Simha lashes out at Devanur Mahadeva's work on RSS". The Hindu. 13 July 2022. ISSN 0971-751X. Retrieved 16 July 2022.
  6. ^ "Padma Awards" (PDF). Ministry of Home Affairs, Government of India. 2015. Archived from the original (PDF) on 15 October 2015. Retrieved July 21, 2015.
  1. English translation of his book RSS: Aaala mattu agala from the Internet Archive