Dr. K. S. Narasimhaswamy (26 January 1915 – 27 December 2003) was a prominent Indian poet in the Kannada language. His most popular collection of poems Mysooru Mallige has seen more than thirty two reprintsand sought as an ideal gift for newly married couples in Karnataka.Narasimhaswamy has been conferred many prestigious awards including Sahitya Akademi Award and Kannada sahitya Academy Award.
Narasimhaswamy was born in Kikkeri in Mandya district. He had his early education in Mysore. In 1934 he joined Central College in Bangalore and completed his Bachelor of Arts degree. He married ‘Venkamma in Tiptur in 1936. He often portrayed his wife as the inspiration for his poems which mainly deal with romance in married life.
His romantic love poems, inspired by Robert Burns (whose work he translated to Kannada as Robert Burnsna Premageetegalu) were unique to the language at the time when most Kannada poetry dealt with nature and the natural world.He is consideredto be part of the Navodaya movement in Kannada literature. By virtue of his ‘simple Kannada’ poetry, Narasimhaswamy was able to bring Kannada poetry to a broad audience. Film director T.S. Nagabharana made a romantic film based on Mysooru mallige which won several national awards.
Narasimhaswamy received many awards and recognitions, including the Pampa Award for Kannada literature for his poetry collection Dundu Mallige in 1997. He was the president of the 60th Kannada Sahitya Sammelana, held in Mysore in 1991, and he received the Sahitya Academy award for Tereda Baagilu in 1978. He was conferred an honorary doctorate by Bangalore University and an Honorary Fellowship by the Sahitya Academy and Kannada Sahitya Parishat.