The famous Kannada poet KS Nisar Ahmed dies

BENGALURU: The renowned poet died on Sunday at his residence in Bangalore.

He was 85 years old. He suffered from cancer and last breathed at home.

Born on February 5, 1935 in, Kokkare Hosahalli Shekh Haider Nisar Ahmed was known as Nithyotsava Kavi after a poem he wrote explaining the greatness of Jog Falls. The poem became a household thing after it was picked up by singers from Sugama Sangeeta's own light music school.

Kurigalu Saar Kurigalu, mocking people's tendencies to follow their leader like sheep in a herd is another gem that contributed to Ahmed's popularity. Written during the Sino-Indian War in the 1960s, the poem has remained relevant to this day.

His other famous poem, Nimmodaniddu Nimmantaagade, chronicles the dilemmas one faces while preserving his religious roots.

His other works include Manasu Gandhi Bazaru, Sanje Aidara Male, and Manadondige Mathukathe. He also translated the works of William Shakespeare into Kannada, including 'A Midsummer Night's Dream' and 'Othello'.

A prominent poet of the Navya (modernist) school of literature, he was honored with the Padma Shri Prize in 2008.

Qualified geologist, he worked with Mysore Mines and Geology at Gulbarga (now called Kalaburgi) and also later at various universities.

Prime Minister BS Yediyurappa mourned Ahmed's disappearance and said that he was an asset to Kannada literature.

Kannada Book Authority Chairman MN Nandish Hanche said Ahmed was one of the best poets of the century and his works will continue forever.