KALBURGI M. M., (b.1938)
Malleshappa Madivalappa Kalburgi, (ಮಲ್ಲೇಶಪ್ಪ ಮಡಿವಾಳಪ್ಪ ಕಲಬುರ್ಗಿ) (mallEshappa maDivALappa kalburgi) is one of the most renowned scholars in Karnataka. His work spans many fields such as epigraphy, history of literature, prosody, history, archaeology, textual criticism, manuscriptology, folklore, study of place names, literary criticism and in the background of all this a continuous study of culture. He has tried his hand in creative literature also and has composed a couple of plays and a collection of poems.
Kalburgi belongs to Yaragalla village
in Sindagi talluk of Bijapura district and he was born in Gubbevada
village of the same talluk. He had a brilliant academic
career and obtained his B.A. (1960) and M.A. (1962) degrees from
Research has been Dr Kalburgi’s forte for more than four decades. He has published more than seventy five books and about four hundred articles. The range and depth of these publications are amazing. It is not possible to enumerate more than a few important books in this introductory note.
1. ‘Kavirajamarga Parisarada Kannada Sahitya’, 1973
2. ‘Shaasana Vyaasanga’ Part 1 and part 2, 1974, 1975
3. ‘Marga’ – 4 volumes, 1988-2004
4. Shasana Vyasanga: ‘Samadhi, Balidana,
Veeramarana Smarakaglu’, 1980
5. ‘Aitihasika’, 1984
1. ‘Shaasana Sampada’, 1968
2. ‘Dharawada Jilleya Shaasana Suuchi’, 1975
Texts on various disciplines:
<![if !supportLists]>1. <![endif]>‘Kannada Granthasampadana Shastra’, 1972
<![if !supportLists]>2. <![endif]>‘Kannada Hastaprati Shastra’, 1993
<![if !supportLists]>3. <![endif]>‘Kannada Samshodhana Shastra’, 1992
<![if !supportLists]>4. <![endif]>‘Kannada Sthalanama Vijnaana’, 1989
(Kalburgi has edited about thirty ancient texts)
1. “Shivayoga pradeepikaa’, 1976
2. ‘Kondaguli Keshirajana Krutigalu’, 1978
3. ‘Basavannana Teekina Vachanagalu’, 1978
4. ‘ Sirumananayakana Sangatya’, 1983
1. ‘Janapada Marga’, 1995
2. ‘Uttara Karnatakada Janapada Sahitya’, 1978
<![if !supportLists]>1. <![endif]>‘Neeru Neeardasittu’ (Poetry)
<![if !supportLists]>2. <![endif]>‘Kettittu Kalyana’ (Play)
(Please go to the Web site of Dr Kalburgi for an exhaustive list of his publications)
Among the publications mentioned above the four volumes
of ‘Marga’ constitute a huge compendium of research
articles relating to the culture of Karnataka.
Kalburgi has is a genuine combination of the great scholars of North
Karnataka and the scholarly tradition of princely
He has received many honors and accolades for his services.
They include book prizes for six of his publications given by
To top it all, Kalburgi was awarded Kendra Sahitya Academy Award for his work ‘Marga-4’. ‘Kalburgi-60’ and ‘Mahamarga’ are the more important ones among the six felicitation volumes presented to this scholar.