Koniganahalli, a remote village in Kodlipet Hobli, was once a land of illiteracy. However, former Kodagu lawmaker PK Channaiah lit the literacy lamp here.
Today, his grandson KN Kiran Kumar takes care of literacy in the village. He also made the village aware of the Kannada language.
Kiran Kumar’s grandmother, mother and uncles staged Kannada plays in the village. As a result, he had developed a deep interest in Kannada language, art, plays and literature from an early age.
However, it was his guru GS Murugendrappa who guided him and also increased his interest in literature.
Working as a Kannada teacher at Kodlipet Vidya Samsthe, Kiran takes care of writing stories, poems, vachanas, plays, mono acts, among others.
In addition, it helps children to develop an interest in Kannada language and literature, promoting their talents.
Through his efforts, children at his school have also won prizes in the state-level Prathibha Karanji competitions.
As a good singer, he entertained people through Kannada Bhavageethes, devotional songs and folk songs.
Along with academic activities, he trained students and gave programs in Madikeri Akashvani.
The poems written by Kiran Kumar have been published by Sahithya Sinchana editors and have won state-level awards. In the state-level Yuvajana Mela, he had won awards in Ranga Geethe and mono-actor competitions.