B D Ganapathy
Who is B D Ganapathy?
B D Ganapathy was a noted writer, scholar and journalist writing in English, Kannada and Kodava takk, covering religion, anthropology and philosophy. He is particularly noted for his coverage of the Kodagu region and the Kodava ethno-linguistic group, his own birthplace and community.
Ganapathy was a journalist for a newspaper in Karnataka state, and author of several books on Kodavas and other subjects in Kodava takk, Kannada and English languages. Among his most noted works is his 1967 Kodavas, their customs and culture. Other works include: The eternal quest, Naṅga Koḍava, Kodavas and Kanni Kāvēri.
Among his works two books are in the Kodava Language: Nanga Kodava and Kuttambolicha. His Kannada book on Kodava culture Kodagu mattu Kodavaru has won him the State Academy Award. Recently, efforts are being made to foster Kodava literature and for the same purpose the Kodava Thak Parishat was established in 1978. The first conference was presided over by B.D.Ganapathi. He wrote 11 works in 16 publications and in 3 languages. A book has been written about him in 2002.