Professor S.L. Bhyrappa is the bestselling novelist in the southern Indian language of Kannada for the last 25 years, the bestselling novelist in Marathi over the past decade and is among the top five bestselling authors in Hindi. He is the recipient in 2010 of the foremost award for Indian Literary work – Saraswathi Samman, for his novel Mandra.
In his extensive body of work he has explored a wide variety of human experiences, conditions, their predicaments and the interplay of Individuals with society. Professor Bhyrappa’s creative output crystallizes his intense personal experiences with his profound knowledge of Indian philosophical, historical and cultural traditions – A combination that has made him one of the foremost creative writers of this generation.
His strong belief in the creative and intellectual freedom of an author has defined his choice of subjects. Research and Analysis around the subject on hand, well etched characterizations and explorations of possibilities are abiding strains across all his works. The universality of human thought and experience in his writings has enabled readers in many Indian and Foreign languages to relate to and appreciate both his stories and the characters.
His quest for obtaining a deeper understanding and perspective on a variety of subjects that interest him, has led him to travel extensively across the length and breadth of the country as also the world at large ( including Antartica). His personality and scholarship has made him a well regarded speaker in forums of all sizes.
His books have been assigned to the curriculum of undergraduate and postgraduate degree courses by universities in the state of Karnataka, and have been the subject of Ph.D dissertations. The release of his works is an event that his readers look forward to. Many of his recent works has seen reprints in the first few weeks of release, a testimony to the impact that his works have. Seminars have been and are being held on his novels, and many volumes of literary criticism have been published on his works.