Kannada writer Prof. Chandrashekhar Patil, widely known as Champa, died at the age of 83 in a private hospital in Bengaluru. He was suffering from an age-related illness. He died early Monday morning, at 6.30 a.m., according to sources.
Patil was an English professor who also served as President of the Kannada Sahitya Parishat and Chairman of the Kannada Development Authority. The Kannada Rajyotsava Award and the Pampa Award were given to him. He was the president of 83rd Akhila Bharatha Kannada Sahitya Sammelana held in Mysuru.
Patil was born in Haveri district’s Hattimattur village.
Chief Minister Basavaraj Bommai condoled the demise of Champa said that Champa was the literary journal Sankramana’s editor. Champa was a leader in a number of social and literary movements, including the Gokak agitation and others, he dedicated his life for the Kannada language, with his demise, the Kannada literary world lost a star, he said.