Born on January-24-1955 in Gokarna, Mysore, Jayant Kaikini is an eminent Kannada poet and songwriter. He has also penned down several short stories. His father, Gourish Kaikiki, was a teacher, and his mother, Shanta, a philanthropist. Jayant had a Masters degree in biochemistry and completed his post-graduation from Karnataka University in Dharwad in Karnataka. He then migrated to Mumbai and started working as a chemist in Procter and Gamble. Jayant speaks other languages also including Konkani, Marathi, English and Hindi.

He left no trace of having been a precocious writer and issued his first poetry book, Rangadindostu Doora when he was eighteen. In 1974, he received his first Sahitya Akademi award when he was just nineteen years old. Jayant then went ahead to write several poetry books including Kotithirtha, Theredashte Bagilu, Shravana Madhyahna, Neelimale and short stories including Bannada Kaalu, Ashvamedha, Toofan Mail, Charminar and several others.

Jayant worked as a chemist for years and then decided to pen down songs for movies and his first song was ‘Oh Ajari’ from the Kannada film Chigurida Kannasu (2003). According to Jayant, the part of the song that touches your heart and soul is the lyrics. By now, he is credited for penning down songs for several movies and some of his famous songs are ‘Anisutide Yaako Indu,’ ‘Madhuvana Karedare,’ ‘Ee Sanje Yaakaagide’ and several others. His songs present the classical imagery with the correct use of metaphors and idioms.

The three-time Sahitya Akademi Award winner feels bad that this generation is losing touch with the regional languages. Jayant also served as the columnist of a Kannada magazine, Avana, for more than a year. Before taking up the job of an editor, he also hosted Kannada shows on ETV channel. Rasa Rushige Namaskara and Kadala Theerada Bharghava are the shows through which he gained immense popularity among the viewers and became the heartthrob of many female fans. Jayant also judged a reality talent show, Yede Tumbi Haadevenu. Kainkini has received various awards including Dinkara Desai Award, B.H. Sridhar award and Katha National Award among several others.

He is the two-time recipient of Filmfare awards for best lyricist and received nominations for the same several times. In 2015, Bogaseyalli Male, a documentary based on his life was released to mark his 60th birthday. Until now, he has published six short stories books, four anthologies of poetry and three plays. Nowadays, Jayant lives in Bangalore with his wife, Smita. He is the proud father of two children- Srajana and Ritwik.

Kaviraj Kannada Actor


Kaviraj is a Kannada poet, lyricist, director and writer. He is currently one of the top-rated lyricists in the Karnataka Film Industry. He started his journey as a songwriter in 2003 and has written over 1000 songs for various movies. His debut film was Kariya which was released in 2003. Since 2013, he has also been working on becoming a writer and film director. Allegedly, he has penned a story similar to the Amitabh Bachchan starring Bollywood hit Paa. The film will be called Bul Bul Mathadkilva. He has won many awards and accreditations for his work like the Suvarna Film Awards, Filmfare Awards, South Indian International Movie Awards, Mirchi Music Awards South, etc. He has won the Filmfare and Mirchi Music three times each respectively. His notable works as a lyricist in the Karnataka Cinema include Dashaguna, Cool and Happy, Sanju weds Geetha in 2011, Aptharakshaaka in 2010, among others. He has been involved with movies like Charavyuha, Moda Modala Mathu Chanda, etc. He is also a beneficiary of the famous Darshan free call sheet which includes only four other people, namely, Dinakar, Krishnakumar, V Harikrishna and MD Shridhar. He debuted as a Film Director in 2016 with Maduveya Mamatherya Kareyole. He was born in Shivamoga, Karnataka and brought up in Thirthahalli. He claims that he started writing poems in his school days itself where writing was just a hobby but later became the reason for his fame and the earnings that came from his job as a writer. He adds that his keenness to read helped him develop and nurture his ideas in poems. He has one elder sister and a younger sister, namely Kavitha and Kalpana respectively. To pursue his ambition of becoming a songwriter, he came to Bangalore where he stayed with his relatives for a while. During this period of struggle, he also worked as a medical rep. He was staying in Vijayanagar in the city of Bangalore where he, fortunately, met music director Guru Kiran. Guru advised him to start penning the lyrics of the song “Nannalli Manadalli” which was his first song. This song also became the foundation of his fame in the industry.