Javare Gowda

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D. Javare Gowda (1918-) is a Kannada author and winner of the Padma Shri and the Karnataka Ratna and Nadoja awards. He is known as "De Ja Gow" in literary circles.[citation needed] His teachers were T.N. Srikantaiah.[citation needed] and Kuvempu


He was the Vice Chancellor of Mysore University from 1969 to 1975. Prior to that he was Professor of Literature and Director of the Institute of Kannada Studies in the University.[citation needed]



Christianity instead of Hinduism
Addressing a Catholic audience he stated that India would have been a better place if it accepts Christianity instead of Hinduism to which he has no respect. According to him Christian writers have contributed to Kannda literature more than Kannadigas.[4]

Kannada as a classical language
He observed a dawn-to-dusk fast[5] seeking classical language status for Kannada. He also threatened to return the Padma Shri if the Centre did not accord classical language status to Kannada by January 1, 2006.[citation needed].

See also


  1. Javare Gowda chosen for Pampa award
  2. Padma awards for 2001
  3. Gorur awars presented to D. Javare Gowda
  4. (Christianity should spread all over the world (ಕ್ರೈಸ್ತ ಧರ್ಮ ಇಡೀ ವಿಶ್ವವ್ಯಾಪಿ ಆಗಬೇಕು,: ದೇಜಗೌ)
  5. javare Gowda goes on dawn to dusk fast