L. S. Sheshagiri Rao

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L. S. Sheshagiri Rao (Kannada:ಎಲ್. ಎಸ್. ಶೇಷಗಿರಿ ರಾವ್; 16 February 1925 – 20 December 2019), often referred to as LSS, was an Indian writer and academic specializing in Kannada literature. He wrote an English-Kannada dictionary that is a standard reference text for students. Rao worked for government colleges before gaining a position at Bangalore University's English department. He was the first president of the Kannada Book Trust.[1]

Rao won the Kendra Sahitya Academy Award for his work English Sahitya Charitre.[2] Rao was elected president of the 74th Kannada Sahitya Sammelana.[2] Rao has also won the Rajyotsava Award, Masti Award, and the Karnataka Sahitya Academy Award for his work.[1]

He died on 20 December 2019 in Bengaluru, aged 94.[2]


  1. 1.0 1.1 Shivashankar, Praveen (19 February 2015). "A fruitful innings". The Hindu. ISSN 0971-751X. Retrieved 3 October 2018.
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 "Writer and critic LS Sheshagiri Rao no more". The Hindu. 20 December 2019. Retrieved 20 December 2019.