On Sunday, 30August 2015, the Indian scholar and former Vice-Chancellor of Kannada University, Hampi, M. M. Kalburgi (77), was shot dead at his own house.
He was an expert on various subjects like ancient scripture, halegannada, grammar, literature, culture and folk art; and the chief editor of Samagra Vachana Samputa published by the State government.
Kalburgi received prestigious awards like Pampa award, Vardhamana award, Karnataka Sahitya Academy award and Rajyotsava award for his literary and research works. He was also a member of KUD senate, syndicate and academic council. He was appointed vice-chancellor of Hampi Kannada University to succeed Chandrashekhara Kambara.
Author of 103 books including Neeru Neeradisittu, Sarangarshi, and Kachhittu Kalyan in several realms of literature and research, his main thrust area was research on Kannada language and culture with special focus on the Sharana movement of the 12th century.
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