Mangaluru, Oct 10, 2015 : Terming Karanth as a versatile litterateur, Kannada University (Hampi) former vice chancellor Prof B A Viveka Rai, said that Karanth’s concern for the downtrodden of the society was reflected in ’Chomana dudi’ and ’Kudiyara Koosu’ novels. Before writing these novels, he carried out a detailed census of dalit families and Malekudiya community. Also, he projected his thoughts on feminism in his novels like ’Sarasammana Samadhi.’
The works of litterateur late Shivaram Karanth are based on cultural anthropology he opined. He was delivering a special lecture on Shivaram Karanth, as a part of the centenary celebrations of Kannada Sahitya Parishat, at Sharada Vidyalaya in Mangaluru on Oct 9.
Karanth has also contributed immensely to children’s literature, Rai said. Though he did not believe in the God, he did not restrict his family members from following their faith. He proposed that life should keep expanding crossing all barriers. Lamenting the dwindling of studies undertaken by authors, Viveka Rai called upon Kannada writers to go in for deep study before authoring their works.
Speaking during a session, Columnist Na Karanth Peraje lamented that no efforts were being made to recharge the groundwater in the region. The paddy fields, which recharged groundwater, are vanishing these days. Also, no efforts are being made to rejuvenate the lakes. He said that rainwater harvesting could be an ultimate solution for drinking water problems.
Peraje also opined that stories about successful farmers needed to be reported more. Scholar and Dhavala College (Moodbidri) former Professor Dr Pundikai Ganapaiah Bhat, SDM College (Ujire) Kannada department Head Dr B P Sampath Kumar, Bharat Seva Dal State General Secretary Kamal Kumar and Dakshina Kannada district Kannada Sahitya Parishat president Pradeep Kumar Kalkura were present among others.
On Kannada : Inaugurating the centenary celebrations on Oct 8, Thursday, Sanskrit University (Bengaluru) former vice chancellor Prof Mallepuram G Venkatesh opined that Mysuru, Mangaluru and Dharwad were the three cities that were responsible for the development of Kannada language. He further said that scholars like Muliya Thimmappaiah, Kadendodlu Shankara Bhatta and M Govinda Pai had contributed immensely to the language. Father of Kannada software K P Rao and Litterateur A V Navada was present among a good