Film actor Raghavendra Rajkumar urged the government to set up an exclusive library in Kuvempu’s name as a mark of respect to the famed poet.
He was addressing a gathering at the ‘Vishwamanava day’ organised in connection with the poet’s 112th birth anniversary at the amphitheatre in Manasagangotri campus in the city on Thursday. He said, “The government should open an exclusive Kannada library in the name of Kuvempu that houses all Kannada books of various genres in it. My father Rajkumar and Kuvempu both strove hard for the development and welfare of Kannada language and Karnataka. When the state government was about to bestow Rajkumar with Karanataka Ratna award, he refused to accept and asked the government to honour Kuvempu with it.”
“Kuvempu’s contribution to Kannada literature is immense and his literature and philosophy are inspiration to thousands. Younger generations need to adopt this philosophy to lead a prosperous life,” he added.
Later, addressing the gathering, noted writer and Jnanapeeth awardee Chandrashekhara Kambar said, “Kuvempu is a great poet and he always discussed about casteism, untouchability and constructing a society free from anti-social practices. He always stood for downtrodden in the society and fought against injustice in the society through his literature.”
On the occasion, noted writer Dr C P Krishnakumar, Ambalike Hiriyanna, Dr T C Poornima, Prof Maleyuru Guruswamy, Dr Latha Rajashekhar, H Janardhan, Shashidhar Bharigath, Mandya Ramesh, KripaPadke, Prof Neelagiri Talvar, Leela Appaji, BEML Suresh Babu and others were felicitated.
Various songs penned by Kuvempu were rendered by singer Dr Shamitha Malnad and team. President of Janachethana trust Prasanna S Gowda, District KaSaPa president Dr Y D Rajanna, president of Kuvempu Vidyavardhaka Trust Prof J Shashidhara Prasad, N C Madhuchandan and others were present.