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‘Deshi’ poet Bendre goes global!

‘Deshi’ poet Bendre goes global!
Deccan Herald

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From Raju S Vijapur DH News Service

Hubli:Dr Da Ra Bendre National Memorial Trust, formed by the government to promote Bendre’s literature has come out with a website on the life and works of Bendre, who successfully used colloquial language to explore new possibilities in literature during Navodaya period, an important phase in Kannada literature that followed Hosagannada in 1950s.

With this the long felt dream of taking ‘Deshi poet’ global has come true. This is the first full-fledged website on a Kannada poet, who penned some of the best songs Kannadigas ever heard. www.darabendre.org
Talking to Deccan Herald, President of the Trust Dr M M Kalburgi, former vice-chancellor of Hampi Kannada University said that the site, http://www.darabendre.org, www.darabendre.org

had been designed and developed by SDM College of Engineering, Dharwad. Dr D Veerendra Heggade, Dharmadhikari of Shri Kshetra Dharmasthal had donated Rs 1 lakh for the project. “Main objective of the site is to introduce complete life and works of Bendre in their original form to Kannadigas worldwide.”

The site, to be formally launched on January 31, has some of the rarest photographs of Bendre’s childhood and his moments with pioneers in the music and literature fields.

A photo of Bendre, in typical farmer attire of North Karnataka, sitting with the Jnan Peeth Award certainly mesmerises viewers when they logon to the first page of the site.

The site has three sections– Bendre Books, Life and Literature and Bendre News. While the first section houses important and unpublished books of the poet, the second corner shows rare photos, including Bendre conversing with Jawaharlal Nehru, sharing lighter movements with Masti and Mallikarjun Mansur.

The last section deals with news related to Bendre’s works. Another important feature of the website is a column, I and Bendre. Writers and people, who came in contact with the Varakavi, share their experiences with the viewers. The first column has been written by well-known critic G S Amur and the second column will be written by Dr Kalburgi himself.

A video clipping in which Bendre is reading his own poem definitely make netizens feel worth visiting the site, for which famous writers and critics like Chennaveer Kanavi, Giraddi Govindraj and Balanna Shigihalli have also contributed their mite.

Dr Kalburgi and team deserve kudos for taking our very own ‘native poet’ global!

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Minister unveils plans for Sadhanakeri’s development

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`Bhoomi puja’ to be performed on November 1: B. Sriramulu

 

 

 

HUBLI: The “bhoomi puja” for the work on the development of Sadhanakeri in Dharwad, which inspired poet laureate Da. Ra. Bendre to write literary masterpieces, would be held on November 1, Minister for Tourism and Textiles B. Sriramulu has said.

He was speaking to presspersons here on Tuesday after paying a visit to D.R. Bendre National Memorial Trust, the residence of the late poet and Sadhanakeri. He visited the exhibition hall at the Bendre Memorial Trust.

The Minister said the place where the poet lived would be developed as a heritage site and along with it the surroundings would be developed to convert it into a tourist spot. After developing Sadhanakeri, steps would be taken to beautify the tank by building fountains and introducing boating.

A committee, headed by the Deputy Commissioner, would be soon set up for taking up the survey of the area. And a special officer would be deputed for conducting the survey and preparing the action plan, Mr. Sriramulu said. He said the State Government planned to run “Palace on Wheels” based on the Rajasthan model. The special train would be introduced for developing tourist places in the State and it would have a stop in Hubli and Dharwad, he said.

Chairman of the Bendre National Memorial Trust M.M. Kalburgi, and Assistant Director of Kannada and Culture K.H. Channur, were present.

http://www.hindu.com/2006/09/13/stories/2006091308980300.htm

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July 29, 2007 - Posted by | BENDRE, JOIDA taluk

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