Vishnu Kakkilaya and Ahalya


Born on 19th April 1919, Vishnu Kakkilaya is the youngest son of Vishnu Kakkilaya and Gangamma. Strangely, he was given the same name as his father's. His father died when the young Vishnu was only 3 years of age. He grew up under the loving care of his mother, supported by his eldest brother, Subraya Kakkilaya. He had his early education in Kasaragod and then joined St. Aloysius college in Mangalore where he did his graduation in chemistry. He joined the freedom struggle when he was a student, was arrested and imprisoned in 1942 during the Quit India movement. He joined the CPI and was jailed several times. He was a member of the Rajya Sabha between 1952 and 1954 and of the Karnataka Legislative Assembly between 1972 and 1983. He has written several books and has won several awards for his literary works, including the Kannda Sahithya Academy award. His wife Ahalya, was the youngest daughter of Sri Narayana Somayaji, a freedom fighter. She was a dedicated housewife and mother to her four sons - Srinivasa, Venkatakrishna, Harisha and Suryanarayana. She passed away on 21 June, 1998.

  B.V. Kakkilaya's Autobiography 'Bareyada Dinachariya Mareyda Putagalu'  is available at Navakarnataka Publications [See]

Rajyotsava award for Sri B.V. Kakkilaya

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