Shantadevi Kanavi, one of the leading short story writers in Kannada passed away on May 22, 2020 evening in Belagavi. She served Kannada literature for over six decades. Her eight collections: Sanje Mallige, Bayalu Alaya, Maru Vichara, Jaatre Mugidittu, Kalachi bidda Paijana, Neelima Teera, Gandhi Magalu and Achcha Parimala and volume of collected short stories: Katha Manjari won thousands of literary hearts.
She was born in Vijayapura (Bijapur) to Siddabasappa Gidnavar and Bhagirathidevi Gidnavar on Jan 12, 1933. She became part of the vibrant literary world of Dharwad soon after she married Chennaveera Kanavi a leading light in Kannada poetry in 1952. Thousands of students in Universities of Bengaluru, Mysuru, Kalaburagi and Dharwad studied and enjoyed her short stories in their text books. Her stories have been translated into English, Hindi, Tamil, Telugu and Malayalam.
She was honoured for her lifetime literary contribution by Kannada lovers with Karnataka Rajya Sahitya Akademi Gaurava Prashasti, Dana Chintamani Attimmabbe Purskara of Government of Karnataka, Honorary Doctorate from Karnataka State Akka Mahadevi Women’s University, B Sarojadevi Prashasti of Kannada Sahitya Parishat, ETV Paripurna Mahila Prashasti and many others. There have been several seminars and studies of her literary contribution by critics and students. “Onagabaradu odala chilume- Ed by Dr Shanta Imrapur and Dr K R Siddhagangayya” is a notable collection of 56 critical essays and analyses of her short stories by noted literary critics. She is survived by her husband Nadoja Chennaveera Kanavi, 5 children and 9 grandchildren and 4 great grandchildren and many many well-wishers friends and fans.