B. M. Idinabba

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B. M. Idinabba
Born(1920-09-17)17 September 1920.
Uppinangady, Puttur, Karnataka
Died11 April 2009(2009-04-11) (aged 88)
Ullal, Karnataka
Occupationpoet, novelist, journalist
Notable awardsRajyotsava Prashasti
Children6 (4 daughters and 2 sons)

B. M. Idinabba (17 September 1920 – 11 April 2009) was a prominent Kannada poet, journalist, freedom fighter, politician and a Kannada activist from Karnataka.[1] He was a member of Congress party and was elected as a MLA for three times in the Karnataka state assembly from Ullal constituency. He was one of the activists who fought for the unification of the Kasaragod district of Kerala into the Karnataka state. He has got the credit of being the first president of the Beary Sahithya Sammelana (Beary Literature Summit). He has received many prestigious awards including Rajyotsava Prashasti.

Early life[edit]

Idinabba was born on 17 September 1920 in Uppinangady village in the Puttur taluk of Dakshina Kannada district, Karnataka.[2] He belongs to the Beary community, who mainly resides in the coastal parts of Karnataka. He completed his schooling in Puttur, later he was Initiated into politics and literature by Peruvai Subbaiah Shetty and B. Shankar Narayan Rao.


Idinabba began his career in 1934 where he obtained a job in Dakshina Kannada Krishikara Sahakari Maarata Sangha and served in the Sangha for 34 years and he retired in 1978.[3]

His political career began in 1938. he associated with Indian National Congress and was elected as Member of the Legislative Assembly from Ullal Assembly constituency for three terms, i.e. in 1967, 1985 and 1989.[3]

As a writer, he has published six novels, six collection of stories, six anthology of poems and two children's literature. From 1970 to 1982, he served as a President of Dakshina Kannada Zilla Sahitya Parishat. He was also made as an executive committee member of Bengaluru Kendra Kannada Sahitya Parishat, where he had served for twelve years and he was also a member of Karnataka Sahitya Academy. In 1988, he presided at the first Akhila Bharatha Beary Sahitya Sammelana which was held in Dakshina Kannada.

In 2005, he held the post as a president of Kannada Development Authority (KDA), which was his last political appointment. During his tenure as the head of KDA, he fought for development of Kannada language and Kannadigas. He also advocated the implementation of Mahajan Committee report on Kasaragod border issue (to integrate the Kasaragod district into Karnataka)[4] and Sarojini Mahishi Report on providing employment to Kannadigas in public sector units in the State. One of his main desire is to make Kannada as the medium of instruction in Madrasas in Karnataka.[5][6]


  • Balina Chitragalu
  • Chutukurashi
  • Harida Kotu
  • Hridayageethegalu
  • Hridaya Parivarthane
  • Jenugoodu
  • Kathagonchalu
  • Manimale
  • Ondu Gone Rasabale
  • Rathnarashi


Idinabba has been conferred with the following awards:

  • Rajyotsava Prashasti in 1987[2]
  • Sandesh Prathisthan in 2000[2]
  • Pejawar Award in 2004
  • Suvarna Karnataka Ekikarana Award in 2006[7]
  • Goruru Ramaswamy Ayyangar Award.[3]
  • Atthimabbe Award[3]

In addition to these awards, he was also awarded several titles, like Kavya Vachana Bhushana, Kannadada Kogile, Sahitya Ratna and Kavya Jyothi.[3]

Personal life[edit]

Idinabba had four daughters and two sons.


Idinabba was suffering from physical disorders connected with old age. He died at the private hospital, which is in near to his residence in Ullal on 11 April 2009 at the age of 88.

His last rites were held at his residence in Ullal. His funeral was attended by Janardhana Poojary (former union minister), Pradeep Kumar Kalukura (President of the Dakshina Kannada District Sahitya parishat ) and N. Yogish Bhat, J. Krishna Palemar, U. T. Khader (MLA's of Dakshina Kannada).[4]


  1. Freedom Fighter List.
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 MSQidCatn4=&SectionID=7GUA38txp3s=&MainSectionID=fyV9T2jIa4A=&SectionName=zkvyRoWGpmWSxZV2TGM5XQ==&SEO= The New Indian Express[permanent dead link]
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 3.3 3.4 "Deccan Herald - Veteran Gandhian, poet Idinabba passes away". Archived from the original on 16 April 2009.
  4. 4.0 4.1 Mangalorean.Com- Serving Mangaloreans Around The World! Archived 29 September 2011 at the Wayback Machine
  5. The Hindu : Karnataka News : Help offered to madrasas to teach Kannada
  6. The Hindu : Karnataka News : Idinabba keen on madrasas adopting Kannada
  7. The Hindu : Karnataka / Mangalore News : Idinabba dead