. Srikanthayya (Inglis Gitagalu) regarded as the father of modern Kannada literature, gave Kannada poetry a conscious modern direction. Narasimhachar, Panje Mangesha Rao and Hattiangadi Narayana Rao made immense contributions. The novel found an early champion in Shivaram Karanth while another prominent writer, Masti Venkatesh Iyengar (‘Masti’), a Jnanpith Award winner considered the father of Kannada short story, laid the foundation with his Kelavu Sanna Kathegalu (1920) and Sanna Kathegalu (1924). T. P. Kailasam, with his Tollu Gatti (1918) and Tali Kattoke Cooline pioneered modern drama.