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Balappa Hukkeri

Balappa Hukkeri

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Balappa Hukkeri (Kannada: ಬಾಳಪ್ಪ ಹುಕ್ಕೇರಿ) (1911–1992) was a singer of folk songs and Bhavageetes in Kannada language and a freedom fighter in his early years. He is mainly credited for popularizing Sugama Sangeetha in North Karnataka, just like P. Kalinga Rao who popularized the art form in South Karnataka.[1] Several prestigious awards have been conferred to him including Sangeet Natak Academy award and Karnataka Sangeeta Nataka Academy Award.