Daily Archives: 17 January 2010

A garland and a platter of fruits on turning 90

The veteran Kannada journalist Patil Puttappa is felicitated by Karnataka chief minister B.S. Yediyurappa on turning 90, in his hometown, Hubli, on Sunday, 17 January 2010.

For a language whose journalism only goes back to 1840, Dr Puttappa is a pioneer and still a rare one at that. “PaaPu”, as he is more affectionately known, studied journalism in California in the late 1940s, and was founder-editor of the now-defunct Kannada weekly Prapancha and the daily Vishwavani.

Like many language journalists, Dr Puttappa’s chose to play a role beyond what went into his publications. He was elected to the upper house of Parliament, Rajya Sabha; became a strong votary of the Kannada language; and headed the north Karnataka development authority.

Photograph: Karnataka Photo News