Eminent Kannada poet and freedom fighter Kayyara Kinhanna Rai passed away on 9 August 2015 at Badiyadkka in Kasaragod district of Kerala. He was 101. He was an author, poet, journalist and Indian independence activist.
He was forefront in the movement of merging the Kannada-speaking region of the Chandragiri river (Kasaragod district) with Karnataka in order to fulfill its linguistic and development aspirations after the 1957 States Re-organisation. For this cause, he had founded Kasaragod Vileenekarana Kriya Samiti.
About Kayyar Kinhanna Rai
• Born on 8 June 1915 in Kasaragod during Madras Presidency of British India, Rai began his career as a secondary school teacher and later moved to journalism.
• Some of his famous poems are Aikyagana, Shreemukha, Chethana, Punarnava and Koraga. His other important works are Sahithya Drushti and Malayala Sahitya Charithre (History of Malayalam literature) which is a translation of an original work by P. K. Parameshwaran Nair.
• In 1998, he had served as President of 67th Akhila Bharatha Kannada Sahitya Sammelana which was held in Mangalore.
• He was awarded with various awards for his achievements including Karnataka Sahitya Academy Puraskar (1969), National Award for Best Teacher (1969), Karnataka Ekikarana (Unification) Award (2007).