Kuppalli Venkatappa Puttappa (Kuvempu) : 1904 -1994
Born in Hirekodige and brought up in Kuppalli, Thirthahalli thaluk in Shimoga district. He got his B.A. and M.A. degree in Kannada literature at Maharaja's College, Mysore and he became lecturer in Kannada at the same same College and he became a professor and a principal, and retired as the Vice-chancellor of the University of Mysore.
In long five decades he created abudent 30 major collections of poems, children's Literature and translations, plays and novels. For his great prolific literature excellence he was awarded and honoured as "Rastrakavi".
Honours and awards:1. Adhyaksha in Kannada Sahitya Sammelana, in 1957 at Dharwad
2. 'Padmavibhushana' by the Government of India.
3. Doctorate from Universities of Mysore, Bangalore and Gulbarga
4. 'Rashtrakavi' title by the Government of Mysore.
5. Sahitya Akademi award 1955
6. Jnanpith award-for his Epic "Ramayana Darshanam" in 1969
7. Pampa award in 1988 of Karnataka
1. Ramayana Darshanam
2. Kanooru Heggaditi
3. Kaanuru Subbamma Heggadathi
4. Malegalalli Madumagalu
6. Smashana Kurukshetra
7. Shudra Tapasvi