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Yashwant V. Chittal

Yashawant Vithoba Chittal
Born (1928-08-03) 3 August 1928 (age 85)
Hanehalli, Uttar Kannada, Karnataka
Occupation Fiction writer
Genres Fiction
Subjects Kannada
Notable award(s) Sahitya Akademi award,
Dr.Masti award,
Adikavi Pampa award

Yashwant Vithoba Chittal (born 3 August 1928) is one of the leading Kannada fiction writers [1] and an Academy award recipient for his work Purusottama.

He was born in Hanehalli, Uttar Kannada District.[2] He completed his primary school education from his village school and his high school from the Gibbs High School, Kumta (1944). Although he studied science and technology and subsequently had a career in the field of technology, he pursued a literary craft at the same time.


Although known for his many novels and short stories, Chittal has also authored literary criticism and essays. His early writing shows the influence of his brother Gangadhar V. Chittal, an eminent poet. His writings, including The girl who became a story, either depict the culture of his village Hanehalli in the Uttar Kannada District or the surroundings of Bandra in Mumbai. His later novels, portraying the themes of urban reality and related complexities of modern Indian life, show the influence of the Radical Humanist M.N. Roy and Eric Fromm. His subjects have always been drawn from contemporary socio-political realities.

He has many prestigious awards including the Karnataka Sahitya Akademi award in 1979, 1980, and 1990; the Sahitya Akademi award in 1983; Dr.Masti award in 1983 ; and Adikavi Pampa award in 2008.

Selected books

  • ommiy hullu hore (1949 - his first novel)
  • Muru darigalu (A movie was made in Kannada)
  • Sikari.
  • Purusottama[3] Translated from the Kannada by Sharmas (Penguin Books)
  • Aata.
  • Kateyadalu hudugi[4] in the book The Boy who talked to trees (book)- Sahitya Akademi Award.
  • Kendra Vrittanta.
  • Sahityada sapta dhatugalu.
  • The Boy Who Talked to Trees[5] Translated from the Kannada by Sharmas (Penguin Books)
  • Puttana Hejje Konodilla [6]
  • Digambara (writing)


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