“Renowned playwright R K Narayan might have translated Kamba Ramayana into English and he might have lived in Mysuru. But his works have not contributed for Kannada language and region. He spent most of his time in Chennai and not in Karnataka. Instead of spending crores of rupees to make his house in Mysuru as a monument, money must be utilised to remember writers like H M Nayak (Ha Ma Nayaka) who have contributed immensely for the development of Kannada. Writers like Ha Ma Nayak have been side-lined literally,” regretted renowned writer Dr D A Shankar.
He was speaking after inaugurating the review session on epics including Mahabharata, Ramayana, Folklore Ramayana, Thorave Ramayana, Alaru-3, and Basava Mahadarshana authored by poet Dr Latha Rajashekar at Maneyangala hereon Sunday.
The session was jointly organised by Kavyaloka Trust, Kalpavruksha Trust and Gramanthara Buddijeevigala Balaga.
Continuing his strong words, Dr Shankar said that instead of installing the statue of Ramakrishna Paramahamsa in Ramakrishna Nagar Circle, the district administration must install the statues of Kannada saints like Kanakadasa, Purandaradasa, and Shishunala Sharif commemorating their contributions.
Speaking on Latha Rajashekar’s works, he said that the author used unique style of narration while writing on Ramayana and Mahabharata while giving more prominence to women characters. “Although all the writings are translated versions, the writer highlighted social, political and economic aspects during the period, thereby making the readers understand the culture of ancient India,” he said.
He said that there was a need of writing reviews on epics translated by Latha Rajashekar that would help in explore the quality of writings and would be essential for the development of Kannada literature. “She has narrated Basavanna in the book Basava Mahadarshana and highlighted the relevance of his philosophy for the current generation to uplift equal rights for the oppressed class and women in particular,” he opined.
During the event, Kuvempu Bhasha Bharathi Award was presented to Dr Shankar and was felicitated along with his wife Prathima. Writer C P Krishna Kumar was also felicitated on his 77th birthday. His wife Sharadamma was honoured too.
Senior writers including Dr B B Rajapurohith, Zilla Sharana Sahitya Parishat President G R Parameshwarappa, Writer Dr M Kannika, Trust President Dr H B Rajashekar, Gramanthara Buddijeevigala Balaga President Berya Ramakumar and others were present.