N Thirumaleshwar Bhat
An experienced professor of English and teacher of German, Dr N Thirumalēshwara Bhat (1939) established himself as a translator during the decades of his long association with Prof K S Haridasa Bhat of Udupi. A multi-language scholar, he first ventured into translation by rendering Masti Venkatesha Iyengar’s novelette Subbanna into German. Though he has translated many works in English into Kannada, his main forte is in translating from Kannada into English. Chief among his works in translation include: Dr TMA Pai (Prof K S Haridasa Bhat), The Gospel of Life (Swami Jagadatmanandaji), Halabara Jolige (Jayamma Chettimada), Puppetry in Karnataka (S A Krishnayya), Kadyanata (A V Navada), Marionettes of Yakshagana (Uppinakudru Bhaskara Kamath), Olasiri (Dr Ashoka Alva), Offer Sacrificial (Kuvempu), Abhimanyu (Yakshagana Prasanga), Manteswami (Folk Epic), Junjappa (Folk Epic), and several short works of Dr Chandrashekhara Udupa. The Kendra Sahitya Akademi published his monograph on Rashtrakavi Govind Pai. His works in Kannada include: Dorakida Dari; Shastra-Prayoga. For promoting Indo-German understanding, he was awarded the “Order of Merit” by the President of the Federal Republic of Germany in 1993.