Kannada writer and folklorist Prof D Lingaiah died of cardiac arrest while speaking at a programme organised by B M Sri Pratishtana to honour senior Kannada writers here on Wednesday. Prof Lingaiah was also the president of the B M Shri Pratishtana.
He collapsed when he was speaking about the contributions of Kannada poets. His last words were “This is one of the most memorable events of the Pratisthana. ” He was rushed to a nearby hospital where doctors declared brought dead.
Doctors said that Prof Lingaiah died of cardiac arrest. Prof Lingaiah has made significant contributions to folklore, theatre and drama. He served as the honourary secretary of Kannada Sahitya Parishat when Ham Pa Nagarajaiah was the president.
Lexicographer Prof G Venkatasubbaih, Professor L S Sheshagiri Rao, researcher Dr T V Venkatachala Shastry, former chairman of Karnataka Sahitya Academy Prof M H Krishnaiah and researcher Dr M Chidanand Murthy were invited to be felicitated in the programme.
Prof G Venkatasubbiah said, “Lingaiah had a deep knowledge in folklore. His personality is a model for others.” Prof M H Krishnaiah said, “The felicitation function was started in a hurry just for the reason that it will be late for the media representatives. Lingaiah was not keeping well for the last one month. In spite of his illhealth, he was making preparations for the programme. He has written books on various topics, including globalisation.