About the poet: Purohita Tirunarayana Narasimhachar (commonly known as PuTiNa)is a playwright and poet of the Kannada language. Many of his famous works are in a musical play/opera form hard to define by western standards, but they exhibit a literary mastery and a profound understanding of Indian classical music and the concepts of Raga and Laya. A few of his important works include Maledegula (Hill Temple), Gokula Nirgamana (Departure from Gokula), and Ahalye, an adaptation of the Ahalye myth that appears in the Ramayana.

His many accolades include:Central Sahithya Academy Prize for Hamsa-Damayanthi and Gitarupakas
  Honorary Doctor of Literature from Mysore University President of 53rd Kannada Sahithya Sammelana, 1981, Chikmagalur  Granthaloka award for Sriharicharite, 1989 , Pampa award, 1991, Padmasri from the Government of India, 1991