Noted Kannada poet Siddalingaiah no more
Popularly known as ''Dalita Kavi'' (Dalit Poet), he was 67. He is survived by wife, a son and a daughter.
According to the sources, he was admitted to a private hospital for over a month and had been on ventilator support for some time now.
His wife too was infected by COVID and has recovered.
Siddalingaiah was poet, playwright, essayist and a Dalit activist, and was one of the founders of the Dalita Sangharsh Samiti.
He had written plays like Panchama, Ekalavya, and one of his popular essays was Gramadevathegalu.
Chief Minister B S Yediyurappa has condoled the death of Siddalingaiah.
''In his death, we have lost a great writer with social concern, who strove for the upliftment of the depressed classes,'' the Chief Minister said in his condolence message.
Former Prime Minister H D Deve Gowda, several of Yediyurappa's Cabinet colleagues and Leader of Opposition Siddaramaiah, JD(S) leader H D Kumaraswamy, among others, have express grief over Siddalingaiah's death.
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