Dadapeer Jyman is a Kannada poet, writer, translator, and member of the Queer Poets Collective based in Bangalore. He holds a Master’s degree in Mathematics from Karnataka University, Dharwad. Literature, theatre, and cinema are his fields of interest. His poems and short stories have been published in the leading Kannada newspapers and periodicals.
His first collection of short stories, Neelakurinji, Vaishnavi Prakashan, 2021, won the 2022 National Sahitya Akademi Young Litterateur Prize for Kannada, the 2021 Masti Venkatesh Iyegar Book Prize, one of the highest awards for Kannada literature, and was among the youngest, at twenty-nine, to receive the prize and the Rajyotsava award from Gulbarga University. The title story of his collection is part of the Gulbarga University syllabus for the BA degree.
He wrote a regular column, ‘Junction Point,’ for Kendasampige, an online magazine for Kannada literature. He recently won the TOTO Awards 2023 for creative writing in Kannada.
His translation from English to Kannada, published by Chanda Pustaka in 2021, of Purdah and Polygamy: Life in an Indian Muslim Household by Iqbalunnisa Hussain, originally published in 1944 by Hosali Press, Bangalore, was awarded the Kuvempu Bhasha Bharati Prize that recognizes the best translations from any language into Kannada.