Born in 1915 in the viilage of Choudasandra, Karnataka, Shri Chikka Honnappa Bhagavathar received his training in Carnatic music and Harikatha from Shri Parthasarathi Bhagavathar, Shri Sambandamurty Bhagavathar and Shri Arunachappa. He also trained in the theatre arts, excelling as a singer-actor on the professional Kannada stage and in Yakshagana. During a performing career spanning several decades, Shri Honnappa Bhagavathar has developed an individual style of rendering Harikatha and continues to draw vast audiences to his performances. He is also known as an outstanding performer on the stage and in films in Tamil and Kannada. He has several publications to his credit and has trained a large number of students. Among other honours, Shri Honnappa Bhagavathar received the Karnataka Sangeet Natak Akademi Award in 1972. Shri C. Honnappa Bhagava- thar receives the Sangeet Natak Akademi Award for his contri- bution to Natyasangeet of Karnataka.