Rajyotsava award from Bidar district this year.
The 77-year-old physically challenged retired professor of English has served the cause of Kannada by cross translations between English and Kannada and by contributing to serious literary criticism. However, he will be known for evolving his own form of Lalitha Prabandha or light essays in Kannada that speak of the ordinary things in life, that are witty but have a message.
Son of the illustrious Simpli Linganna, a member of the Halasangi Geleyara Balaga, the legendary fraternity of Kannada writers of the last century, Prof. Simpi trained hundreds of young boys and girls in Hyderabad Karnataka, not only in English, but also in what he calls ‘sulalita’ or simple Kannada.
A devotee of Sri Aurobindo and the Holy Mother, Prof. Simpi has translated their works to Kannada. His other translations include works of Guy de Maupassant, and Bertrand Russel.
“Prof. Simpi has inspired a generation of common people that they can dream of becoming writers. The award is richly deserved and long overdue,” says Basavaraj Ballur, Kannada writer.
Source : The Hindu , 1st Nov 2015