Chennaveera Kanavi(Kannada:ಚನ್ನವೀರ ಕಣವಿ) was born on 28 June 1928 at Hombalu village, Gadag District in Karnataka. His father name is Sakkereppa and mother name is Parvathavva. He finished his medium and high school education in Dharwad. In 1952, he got his M A degree from Karnataka University. From 1956 to 1983 he worked as a Director of ‘Prasaranga’ of Karnataka University.
He is one of the leading writers in the Kannada language and received the Sahitya Akademi Award for his work Jeeva dhwani (Poetry) in 1981. He is popularly known as “Samanvayada Kavi” and “Soujanyada Kavi”.
In 2011, he was honored with the Sahitya Kala Kaustubha Award