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Darbe Krishnananda Chowta is an Indian businessman, writer, artist and theatre personality.[1] He is the general secretary of the Karnataka Chitrakala Parishath[2][3] and has also served in the same position earlier.[4][5]

Darbe Krishnananda Chowta
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Born1 June 1938
ResidenceBangalore, India


Personal lifeEdit

Dr. D. K. Chowta was born in Meeyappadau, near Manjeshwar, Kerala in a Tulu speaking Bunt family.[1] He has two children, Sandeep Chowta (a musician) and Prajna Chowta (an ethnographer).[6]


After completing his postgraduate studies in economics from Bombay University, Chowta spent several years of his life in Ghana, Nigeria and London.[1] He returned to Bangalore and involved himself in industry, exports, country clubs and various businesses, which resulted in the establishment of companies such as M/S Power Gear Ltd., M/S P.C. Exports and Sun Valley Club. M/S P.C. Exports has been awarded by the Exports Promotion Council five times. Along with his business activities, he was involved in all types of social services. Under his presidency, the Bunts Sangha Bangalore held a World Bunts Convention in 1995.

He has received an honorary doctorate from Mangalore University[7]


Dr. Chowta writes under the pen name of Ananda Krishna.[1] Among Chowta's literary works, Kariyavajjerena Kathekkulu and Plilipathigadasu, a drama, received awards from the Karnataka Government's Tulu Sahithya Academy.[8] His other works include Pattu Pajjelu, Darmettimaye, Uri Ushnada Maye and Mittabailu Yamunakka.[4] He has been awarded an honorary doctorate by Mangalore University.[4]


  1. ^ a b c d Praveen Shivashankar (25 October 2013). "Keeping Tulu close to heart" (Friday Review). The Hindu. Retrieved 14 December 2014.
  2. ^ "Executive Committee Members". Chitrakala Parishath. Retrieved 14 December 2014.
  3. ^ Muralidhar Khajane (24 April 2014). "Chitrakala Parishath set to revive leather puppetry". The Hindu. Retrieved 14 December 2014.
  4. ^ a b c Special Correspondent (29 April 2011). "Honorary doctorate for Bannanje, D.K. Chowta, Ajai Kumar Singh". The Hindu. Retrieved 3 January 2012.
  5. ^ Anuradha Vellat (29 January 2014). "A coffee book table on art". Deccan Herald. Bangalore. Retrieved 17 February 2014.
  6. ^ Savitha Karthik, (28 October 2010). "May we have the trumpets please". Deccan Herald. Retrieved 3 January 2012.
  7. ^ TheHinduOct252013
  8. ^ Staff Correspondent (19 March 2011). "Chowta, Shantharam get Tulu academy awards". The Hindu. Retrieved 3 January 2012.

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