Kappanna, born on 16 September 1921, in Yaliyur village of Shira taluk, Tumkur district, played an active role in India's freedom movement. After completing his primary education in Yaliyur, he was deeply inspired by Mahatma Gandhi's speech during his visit to Tumkur in 1934. Motivated by the ideals of freedom, he passionately spread the message among the villagers, particularly the youth, urging them to join the struggle for independence.
In 1938, Kappanna participated in the Flag Satyagraha held at Shivpur, demonstrating his commitment to the cause. The following year, he played a significant role in organizing and leading the Ichalu Vana Satyagraha in Shira Taluk, encouraging the participation of the village's youth. However, his unwavering dedication led to his arrest by the police at the age of 18. He was subsequently imprisoned in the Central Jail, Bangalore, from 14 October 1939 to 13 March 1940, under prisoner number 5665.
Continuing his involvement in the freedom movement, he participated in the Aranya Satyagraha in 1940. His determination remained unbroken as he joined the Quit India Movement in 1942, leading to his imprisonment once again, this time in Mysore and Bairamangala Jail. During this period, he received a copper letter as a symbol of recognition for his contributions to the cause. His incarceration lasted from the first week of February until the end of March 1943.
His commitment to the freedom struggle and his sacrifices were not in vain. His efforts, alongside those of countless others, played a crucial role in securing India's independence. He left behind a lasting legacy and is survived by his son. He passed away on 10 January 1990.
Source: Ravindra Manjunatha B, DRP, CCRT