Reaction on getting shortlisted:

“To be one among the best four in Kannada Children’s Literature is an honour. I am happy to be one of them.”


T S Nagaraj Shetty was born on 16th April 1951, in Tiptur. He is a retired Kannada professor. His work towards Kannada literature for children is vast. He has written across genres including novels, poems and articles. Some of his books include Sankara, Doora Sarovara, Haavu Kappe Midi and Pranigala Jaatre. He has won several awards including a NCERT award for Chitti Putti, Karnataka Sahitya Academy award for Navilu Gari. His books have been translated into different languages including Hindi. Many of his books have been part of the textbooks including Gutuku Makkala Kavite. He served as a member of Karnataka Sahitya Academy from 1998 to 2001 and has served as a president in two to three sammelanas.

Jury Speak:

“Nagaraj Shettys’ stories take us to a different world of animals. His stories are very creative and offers variety to the reader. His stories are very creative, his use of language and creation of stories are a delight for children and adults alike. His Kathakavana, prose poetry style of literature is interesting and enjoyable for children to read and enact.”

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