Mangaluru, Jul 27,2019 : Senior Kannada litterateur and an iconic figure of Tulunadu culture Aerya Laxminarayan Alva passed away on Saturday night (July 27) at Father Muller Hospital. He was aged 94 and is survived by his wife Anandi and a daughter.
He is said to have reported to casualty at Father Muller Hospital at 8.20 p.m. this evening, complaining of chest pain. Despite the immediate medical care, he passed away at 9.20 p.m.
Aerya Laxminarayan Alva was born on March 19, 1926 at a village called Aerya near Modankapu in present Bantwal taluk. He was a freedom fighter, social worker, co-operative movement stalwart and a writer in Tulu language. He was a much sought speaker for cultural programmes. He was a passionate social worker who has strived for uplift of the downtrodden.
Modala Male, Noorara Nenapu, Parichaya, Sri Ramashwamedha Rasatarangagalu and Snehasethu are some of his notable works.
K. Chinnappa Gowda, scholar and former professor of Kannada, Mangalore University, said that Mr. Alva had been influenced by the thoughts of Mahatma Gandhi. He was a great lover and reader of books and had many collections with him. Mr. Alva had a poetic mind and a good human being, he added.
Condoling his death, Bishop of Mangalore Peter Paul Saldanha said that his contribution to literature, education and culture was commendable. D. Veerendra Heggade, Pattadhikari, Shree Kshetra Dharmasthala, said he had a deep knowledge of the cultural and religious aspects of Tulu Nadu. D. Vedavyasa Kamath, MLA, Mangaluru City South, also condoled the death.
Dakshina Kannada Sahitya Parishat has organised a meeting to condole the death of Aerya Lakshminarayana Alva, at SDM Law College here on July 30 at 5 p.m. Everyone can participate.