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Tirumalamba

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Tirumalamba, a poet of the Vijayanagara Empire (1335-1565 AD), wrote "Varadambica Parinayam", the story of marriage of King Achyuta Deva Raya, in Sanskrit. Tirumalamba wrote that it was the task of Arya Mahile, the women concerned about Arya Dharma, to wake up the Mother (land). Tirumalamba wrote a number of poems invoking Kannadaness and the Kannada nation. C.N.Mangala, a noted Kannada critic observes that these were the poems to express Kannada nationalism for the very first time in Kannada.  ( Wikipedia article )

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