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Kannada writers meet urges for Poetry Chair in honour of Kayyara Kinhanna Rai

Kannada writers meet urges for Poetry Chair in honour of Kayyara Kinhanna Rai

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Mangaluru, Nov 7, 2014: Speaking after inaugurating workshops on centenarian jubilee writers Kayyara Kinhanna Rai and Late Saraswati Bai Rajwade organised by S.V. Parameshwara Bhatta Kannada Study Centre of the University and Karavali Lekhakiyara Mattu Vaachakiyara Sangha.  Noted writer Vaidehi on Nov 6, Thursday urged Mangalore University to set up a Kaavya Peetha (poetry chair) in the name of eminent writer Kayyara Kinhanna Rai and hold regular programmes on poetry.

Kayyara Kinhana Rai Vice Chancellor K. Byrappa on the subject informed that  he was willing for this.   He would consult with  Rai’s family members and the government on the matter and something should materialise in a year or so.  Prof. Byrappa recalled his association with the Kannada Study Centre at Mysore University though he had been a student of science. Literary activities  give life a shine and make young people dedicated  he said and added the university would support literary activities as best as possible.

Poet  Vaidehi said  Rai was “tall”  physically, but his stature was  gigantic in litrature.   He followed Gandhian principles  in a silent and sincere manner,  she said. “While reading his poems for children.  Rai’s literature for children other  different forms of literature included the whole world,” she said.  She went on to say, Kinhanna was always  calm, cool and content with life. Rarely one witnessed such confident faces now  a days,  one can only see anxious and agresive faces now.  Poet  Vaidehi added, many see him as a loud poet, but to reach out to society, one had to be forceful. Though his works were on par with international or national standards, they did not get recognition for lack of translation to Hindi etc..., she pointed out.

Karnataka in general and coastal Karnataka in particular had failed  Kinhanna Rai in his efforts to bring Kasaragod under the State.  Determination to get Kasaragod to Karnataka, while celebrating the unification of Karnataka was absent   she said.  Rai favoureed all languages including Malayalam,  and all should undersatnd his sentiments nostalgically.  

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