Gramanthara Buddijeevigala Balaga, a literature and cultural forum had organised 31st state-level literature festival in memory of popular Kannada poet K S Narasimhaswamy at the Institute of Engineers’ on Sunday.
Writer Dr Latha Rajashekar, in her inaugural speech, said: “K S Narasimhaswamy who is popularly known as KSN carved a niche for himself in Kannada literature in the Navodaya era. KSN who is popularly called as Premakavi is known for his romantic love and simple poetries. Like others, he never created an imaginary world in his poems but tried to bring daily lives of people, their love, sorrows and experiences. His debut Mysuru Mallige has seen more than thirty reprints and still people tend to read his collection of poems.”
“KSN stands in the list of Kuvempu, Da Ra Bendre, Pu Ti Na and many other prominent writers of Kannada literature. Programmes in memory of this great soul who contributed enormously to Kannada literature is appreciable,” she added.
Bherya Ramakumar’s KSN-101, Mahabala’s Hasya Bandha, Mirle Chandrashekhar’s Baduke Andolana, V Venkataiah Bachahalli’s Idanaritu Nadedare Sukha Baalu, Dr GD Joshi’s Koneya Nimisha and Kannada Kalabhooshanaru, B Thammaiah’s Sajjanaru and Nalku Premakathegalu were released at the literature fest.
Noted writers Dr C P Krishna Kumar and Dr Doddarangegowda were felicitated on the occasion. Writers Pushpa Iyengar, Bannur K Raju, Dr M Kannika, Dr H B Rajashekhar and others were present.