Jayanth Kaikini

Jayanth Kaikini (born 24 January 1955)[citation needed] is a poet, short story writer, playwright, columnist in Kannada and a lyricist in Kannada Cinema. He has so far published six anthologies of short stories, four books of poetry, three plays and a collection of essays. He is valued as one of the best writers in Kannada literature and has revolutionized the field by giving it a fresh new perspective.[1] He has bagged in many notable awards like 'Karnataka Sahitya Academy' award. Kaikini is regarded as one of the most significant writers in Kannada today.[2] Kaikini has been conferred the honorary doctorate from Tumkur University.[3]

Jayant Kaikini
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Born (1954-01-24) 24 January 1954 (age 69)[citation needed]
OccupationPoet, author, lyricist
GenrePoetry, stories, essays, lyrics
Notable awardsDSC Prize for South Asian Literature

Early lifeEdit

Dr Kaikini was born in Gokarna to Gourish Kaikini, a thinker, litterateur and teacher, and Shanta Kaikini, a social worker. After studying a M.Sc. in Biochemistry from Karnataka University, Dharwad, he moved to Mumbai where he worked as a chemist for many years.[4] Jayanth Kaikini began his career working as a production chemist, eventually working also as a copywriter for advertising agencies in Bombay for 23 years before moving to Bangalore, where he held several key institutional positions - as founder of Kannada television channels Etv Kannada, Zee Kannada, becoming the literary editor of a monthly magazine Bhavana and hosting a widely popoular television talk-show series Namaskara while being intellectually associated with the Kannada film industry.


Kaikini has published a number of poetry collections including Rangadindondishtu Doora, Kothitheertha, Shravana Madhyana, Neelimale, Theredashte Bagilu. He is also the author of short stories collections for Dagadoo Parabana Ashwamedha, Aamruthaballi Kashaya, Shabda Teera, Bannada kaalu, Toofan Mail, Ondu Jelebi, Charminar, Anarkaliya Safety Pin and Vichitraseneya Vaikhari.[3] His work in translation No Presents Please has won widespread acclaim and accolades across the globe, including the DSC Prize for South Asian Literature. His first work in translation was Dots and Lines.

Jayanth Kaikini's initial foray into lyricism for Kannada film undustry includes movies like Dweepa and Chigurida Kanasu. Renowned Kannada film actor and singer Dr.Rajkumar sung "Bandhuve O Bandhuve", for which V. Manohar composed the music. He is credited with revolutionising the image of Kannada film songs, with the classic touch of literature, a nouvelle vocabulary and imagery that belongs to our lived worlds. Films like Mungaaru Male, Gaalipata, Milana etc. have some touching and memorable songs with lyrics penned by him.

He was hosting a TV Show "Rasa Rushige Namaskara" in Etv Kannada which a biography on Rashtrakavi Kuvempu.[3] This show was very popular with a particular section of audience. He continued it with other series' such as "Kadala Theerada Bharghava",..etc.Lately he was seen judging the reality show "Yede tumbi Haaduvenu" along with the legendary singer S. P. Balasubrahmanyam and famous Kannada music director and lyricist naada brahma Hamsalekha.

Kaikini received the Karnataka Sahitya Academy award for his first poetry collection at the age of nineteen in 1974. He received the same award again in 1982, 1989 and 1996 for his short story collections.[5] He has been awarded the Dinakara Desai award for his poetry,[1] the B. H. Sridhar award for fiction,[1] the Katha National award and Rujuwathu trust fellowship, the Kusumagraj Award, Masti Prashasti amidst several other honours for his writings as well as an honorary Doctorate from Tumkur University.

He now lives in Bangalore with his wife/partner Smita Kaikini, an analytic chemist by training and an archivist, manager of the Kaikini family archives. His daughter Dr Srajana Kaikini is a philosopher, artist, academic who has also a trained Odissi dancer,[6][7] and son Ritwik Kaikini is a multimedia artist, musician and writer.[8] Apart from Kannada, Jayant is fluent in Konkani, Marathi, Hindi and English.

Selected worksEdit


  • Rangadindondishtu Doora (1974)
  • Kotitheertha (1982)
  • Shravana Madhyahna (1987)
  • Neelimale (1997)
  • Jayant Kaikini Kavithegalu (2003)
  • Ondu Jilebi (2008)
  • Vichitra Senana Vaikhari(2021)
  • Ello maleyagide(2012: Collection of Film songs penned by him)


  • Theredashte Baagilu (1982)
  • Gaala (1982)
  • Dagadoo Parabana Ashwamedha (1989)
  • Amruthaballi Kashaya (1996)
  • Jayanth Kaikini Kathegalu (2003)
  • Bannada Kaalu (1999)
  • Toofan Mail (2005)
  • Charminaar (2012)
  • No Presents Please... (2018)
  • Anaarkaliya Safetypin (2021)


  • Bogaseyalli Male (2001)
  • Shabda Theera (2004)
  • Touring Talkies (2009)
  • Gulmohar (2018)


  • Sevanti Prasanga (1997)
  • Ithi Ninna Amrutha (1999)
  • Jategiruvanu Chandeera (2004)
  • Rupantara Natakagalu (2018)


Awards for FilmsEdit

Filmfare Awards


Karnataka State Film Awards

Awards for Literary WorksEdit

  • Karnataka Sahitya Akademi Award for Rangadindondishtu Doora (1974)
  • Karnataka Sahitya Akademi Award for Theredashte Baagilu (1982)
  • Karnataka Sahitya Akademi Award for Dagadoo Parabana Ashwamedha (1989)
  • Karnataka Sahitya Akademi Award for Amruthaballi Kashaya (1996)
  • Kusumagraj National Award for Poetry (2010)
  • Honorary Doctorate from Tumkur University in 2011 for his Contribution to Kannada Literature and Cinema.
  • Dinakar Desai Award for Poetry (2004)
  • B.H.Shridhara Award for Amruthaballi Kashaya (1997)
  • Katha Award from Delhi for Amruthaballi Kashaya
  • DSC Prize for South Asian Literature 2018 for his translated work No Presents Please...[13]


  1. ^ a b c "The Best of Both Worlds – Jayant Kaikini". Karnataka.com. 11 November 2014. Retrieved 7 September 2021.
  2. ^ "Jayant Kaikini". www.iuemag.com. Retrieved 7 September 2021.
  3. ^ a b c Nandakumar, Prathibha (25 January 2015). "A case for Jayanth Kaikini's literary genius". Bangalore Mirror. Retrieved 8 September 2021.
  4. ^ Dinesh, Chetan (20 January 2019). "Quick Take With Jayant Kaikini". Deccan Herald. Retrieved 8 September 2021.
  5. ^ "Being Jayanth". Bangalore Mirror. 7 April 2018. Retrieved 7 September 2021.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  6. ^ "B'lore: Srajana Kaikini wins International Recognition for Creative Architectural Concept". www.daijiworld.com. 25 July 2009. Retrieved 7 September 2021.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  7. ^ "Srajana Kaikini". iscp-nyc.org. Retrieved 7 September 2021.
  8. ^ George, Nina C (5 September 2020). "Jayant Kaikini: A hit song gave me a new career at 50". Deccan Herald. Retrieved 8 September 2021.
  9. ^ "Prema Pallakki Jukebox". YouTube.com. Lahari Music. Archived from the original on 12 December 2021.
  10. ^ "57th Filmfare Awards South 2010 - List of Winners". Archived from the original on 3 October 2011. Retrieved 2 September 2011.
  11. ^ "Kannada Filmfare Awards 2018 Full Show, Nominees & Winners". 18 June 2018.
  12. ^ "Filmfare Awards South 2022 Kannada Nominations | Filmfare". filmfare.com. Retrieved 5 December 2022.
  13. ^ Khajane, Muralidhara (15 May 2020). "'Bogaseyalli Male', a documentary on how Mumbai influenced a writer's journey". The Times of India. Retrieved 8 September 2021.

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