Born in 1904 in the village of Hombal, Karnataka, Shri Govindacharya Bhimacharya Joshi started out as a playwright in the ’50s. Over the past several decades he has been known as a major figure in Kannada letters with significant contributions to drama as playwright, publisher, and producer. Among Shri G. B. Joshi’s most successful plays is Sattavara Neralu, directed by Shri B.V. Karanth in 1974. His other plays include Mooka Bali, Kadadida Neeru, Aa Ooru Ee Ooru, Nane Bijjala, and Parimaladavaru. In 1954 Shri G. B. Joshi established the theatre group Vasudeva Vinodini Natya Sanstha at Bagaikot and the Kalopasaka Mandali in Dharwad. As founder-publisher of Manohara Granthamala, he has been instrumental in the promotion of new playwrights and the honing of their talents. For his varied services to Kannada literature and culture, Shri G. B. Joshi was honoured by the Government of Karna- taka in 1983 and 1986. He received the Padma Shri in 1986. Shri G. B. Joshi receives the Sangeet Natak Akademi Award for his contribution to theatre as a playwright.