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Masti literature has a message: Dr Y D Rajanna

Mysuru, June 6:- Arivu observed 127th birth anniversary of Kannada writer Masti Venkatesh Iyengar at Chamundipuram Government Library here on Wednesday.

District Kannada Sahitya Parishat president Dr Y D Rajanna inaugurated the programme by paying floral tributes to the portrait of Masti.

“Though Masti’s mother tongue was Tamil, Kannada was close to his heart. He was an officer in the Revenue Department. He was the one to ask the government to make Kannada compulsory in government offices. He represented the rural lives through his short stories. The popular movie ‘Kakanakote’ is based on his work. His works helped readers to build their life and were giving a message to the society. He is the 4th Kannada writer to win Jnanapeetha award,” Dr Rajanna said.

K Raghuram Vajapayee, Srikanth Kashyap, Raveendra, Vikram Iyengar, Ajay Shastry and others were present. (MR/KS).

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