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Guggari Shanthaveerappa Shivarudrappa (7 February 1926 – 23 December 2013) was an Indian Kannada poet, writer and researcher who was awarded the title of Rashtrakavi (Poet Laureate) by the Government of Karnataka in 2006.

Shivarudrappa was born on 7 February 1926 in Issur Village, Shikaripura Taluk, in Shivamogga district of Karnataka. He died on 23 December 2013 in Bangalore. His father was a school teacher. He did his primary and secondary schooling in Shikaripura.

Shivarudrappa gained his BA in 1949 and MA in 1953 from University of Mysore, having secured gold-medals on three occasions. He was a student and follower of Kuvempu and was heavily inspired by Kuvempu’s literary works and life.

In 1965, G.S. Shivarudrappa secured a doctorate for his thesis Soundarya Sameekshe, written under the guidance of Kuvempu, a pioneering work in the field of literary aesthetics. This is an erudite study of the aesthetic dimensions of ancient and modern Kannada literature.

Shivarudrappa started his career in 1949 as a lecturer in Kannada language at the Mysore University. In 1963, he joined Hyderabad’s Osmania University as a reader, eventually becoming the head of the Kannada department. He remained at Osmania University until 1966.

In 1966, Shivarudrappa joined the Bangalore University as a professor. He was later elected as the director of the university and he continued to contribute to the university’s Kannada Study Center.

He served as a lecturer in Kannada in places like Davanagere, Shivamogga and Mysore. He shifted his base to the Bangalore University in 1966 and retired from services in 1986 as the Director, Centre of Kannada Studies. He was the president of the Karnataka Sahitya Academy during 1987–90.

Shivarudrappa has worked as a Kannada professor at the Aiaz’s College, Mysore and later at the Postgraduate Kannada Department of Bangalore University. . Rastrakavi G. S Shivarudrappa died on 23 December 2013 at his Banashankari, Bangalore residence.The State Government declared a two-day mourning in his honour.

He received the Central Sahitya Akademi Award in 1984 for his literary contribution ‘Kavyartha Chintana’, 1983, He has also received several awards including the Karnataka State Sahitya Academy and Soviet Land Nehru Award. He was conferred with the ‘Rajyotsava Award, (1984) ‘Pampa Prashasti’, (1998) ‘Soviet land Nehru Award’ (1974) and the honorary award of the Karnataka Sahitya Academy. The Kuvempu University, the Kannada University and the Mysore University have conferred their honorary doctorate degrees on Shivarudrappa. He was in the chair of the 61st Akhil Bharatiya Kannada Sahitya Sammelana held in Davanagere in 1991. ‘Sneha Karthika’, ‘Hanate’ and ‘Gaurava’ are the felicitation volumes presented to him. He was chosen for the coveted “Rashtrakavi” title by the Government of Karnataka in 2006.