84 year old Kalmane Kamegowda received the Karnataka Rajyotsava award. He is the only one to receive the award this year in the field of environment. Kalmane is a shepherd from Dasanadoddi village in Malavalli taluk of Mandya district in Karnataka. He has dedicated his life to protect environment, spending all his earnings. He has turned an entire hillside at Daasanadoddi village green by his efforts. Kalmane has single-handedly built 14 Checkdams on Kundinibetta hill in Malavalli taluk in Mandya.