Noted play writer Chandrashekhar Patil popularly known as Champa passed away Monday morning at a private hospital in Bengaluru.
83 year old Champa was suffering from age-related ailments and survived by his wife and two children. His mortal remains will be brought to his residence at Gayathri Layout where the final rites will be performed.
Champa was very vocal in his stand for fight against injustice to Kannada language and Karnataka. He has lead several social movements including Gokak agitation and anti emergency movement.
It may be recalled that he returned his Pampa award, highest literary honour of the state government, in protest against the assassination of his friend and scholar MM Kalburgi.
After retiring as professor of English from Karnataka University, Patil served as the President of Kannada Sahitya Parishat and as the Chairman of Kannada Development Authority.
Literary field and politicians including Chief Minister Basavaraj Bimmai offered their condolences for his death.
Some of his plays:
Tingara Buddanna – 1971
Gurtinavaru – 1971
Gokarna Goudasani – 1974
Nalakaviya Mastabhisheka – 1979