1As of 1974.
31/1/1896 Born at Dharwar, Karnataka, India. 1913 Passed Matriculation and joined Ferguson College, Poona, for higher education. 1916-1918 Wrote earlier poems, like Thuthuri, Kogile etc. Recited poems at the Fourth Karnataka Literary Conference. Joined as teacher at Victoria High School, Dharwar. 1919 Married Laxmibai at Hubli 1920-1922 Published first poem collection Krishnakumari. Conceived Geleyara Gumpu (a group of friends interested in Literature). 1926 Launched a new cultural movement - the celebration of Nada Habba (festival of land) 1922-1944 Kshemendra, Rama, Bhaskar, Panduranga, Lalita, Vaman, Prema, Mangala, Ananda were born. Of these only the two sons Panduranga and Vaman and daughter Mangala are surviving1.
Edited Swadharma, Jaya Karnataka.
1930 Presided over the Mysore writer's conference 1932 First edition of Gari; Sentenced to imprisonment for writing Nara Bali (Human Sacrifice), branding it as seditious. 1935 Passed M.A. examination. Presided over the poets meet at Bombay. 1936-1944 A span of unemployment and tribulations. Edited Jeevana, a leading Kannada journal. 26/12/1943 Presided over the prestigious 27th Kannada Literary Conference at Shimoga. Read the paper Sahitya Virata Swaroopa. 1944-1956 Worked as Professor of Kannada at the D.A.V. College, Sholapur 1946 Public felicitation at Dharwar on completion of 50th year 1956 Appointed advisor, All India Radio, Dharwar station.
60th birthday celebrations at Sholapur, Poona, Dharwar.
Felicitations at Bangalore under the auspices of the Kannada Sahitya Parishad
1958 Aralu Maralu, a collection of poems awarded Sahitya Academy (New Delhi) prize. 1964 Felicitation at Mysore during Dasara festivities.
Naku Tanti first published.
1965 Samvada a book in Marathi gets Kelkar prize. 1966 70th year celebrations at Shirahatti. 1968 Padmashree awarded; D. Litt. conferred by the Karnataka University. 1969 Honoured with the fellowship of the Sahitya Academy. 1972 Conferred the title Karnataka Kula Thilaka by Udupi Adimaru. production of a documentary produced by the Govt. of Karnataka. 7/4/1974 Declared the Jnanapith award winner. 8/11/1974 Presented the Jnanapith award at a special function held in Delhi. 26/10/1981 Passed away at the Harkishandas Hospital in Bombay.
With rare exception, Bendre signed his poems using the pen-name "Ambikatanayadatta". Of course, it was the poet, the creative self that was finally responsible for the form of the poem though his intellectual/academic self may have had a large part in the creation.