Mysuru, January 19:- “Dr S L Bhyrappa is known everywhere in India though he is not a Nobel awardee,” said renowned writer and Jnanapeetha awardee Dr Chandrashekar Kambara.
He was speaking after inaugurating ‘S L Bhyrappa Sahityothsava 2019,’ being organised by S L Bhyrappa Sahitya Prathishtana at Kalamandir in the city on Saturday.
“I feel scared to speak in front of Dr Bhyrappa. He expresses his argument very precisely which is not possible for me. I have a lot of respect for him. He pulled me up during my bad times. When I was the vice-chancellor of Hampi University, the library of the university was submerged in water during a flood. All the books were washed away. He stayed there with me for eight days and consoled me. He gave me the courage to face that situation. I should be thankful to him. He explained the impact of Mekale education system on India in novels. When Indians were attracted towards the western life, he wrote Samskara, Vamsha Vruksha novels to show us the real tradition that has to be followed by Indians. Each novel of Dr Bhyrappa tells a unique story. Rabindranath Tagore was awarded the Nobel prize, but Dr Bhyrappa is known everywhere in India even without Nobel prize. He has fans in all languages. His novels have been translated into 24 languages. He is on par with Vyasa and Valmiki,” he said.
“Dr Bhyrappa is extremely concerned about the Kannada language. That’s what made him respond sharply against English medium schools at primary level. I am very happy for organising a programme like this to honour Dr Bhyrappa. Books on what we think of Dr Bhyrappa should come,” Dr Kambara added.
Writer and linguist Prof Pradhana Gurudutt, Dr S L Bhyrappa, writer and columnist Shefali Vaidya, Shathavadhani Dr R Ganesh, film director P Sheshadri, Prof M Krishnegowda, humorist and former principal of St Philomena’s College (Autonomous), Mysuru and others were present. (MR/GK)