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`Take Bendre’s works to the masses’ ‘Bendre Trust developing into a centre of learning’

`Take Bendre’s works to the masses’

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DHARWAD: Chief Secretary P.B. Mahishi has asked the Da. Ra. Bendre National Memorial Trust to make use of the funds allocated to take the works and views of Da. Ra. Bendre to the masses.

He was speaking after a visit to the “Bendre Bhavan” that houses the office of the trust. Literary works should be made available to people at affordable prices, he said.

The Chief Secretary visited various sections of the bhavan. He also took a look at an exhibition of paintings on Bendre and his poems. He also inspected construction work of “Sakhigeeta” guesthouse and the auditorium. Trust chairman M.M. Kalburgi briefed him about the activities of the trust.




D.R. Bendre

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Dattatreya Ramachandra Bendre, the second Jnanpith award recipient from Karnataka, was born on Jan 31, 1896, in Dharwad. Having lost his father at a very young age, Bendre grew up under the guardianship of his uncle and completed his B.A. at the famous Fergusson College in Pune. He got his M.A. in 1934 and worked as a teacher in different schools in different areas. His poem Narabali (Human Sacrifice) got him 3 years’ imprisonment at the Hindalga jail, after which he remained unemployed for more than 5 years. He then joined Masti’s monthly journal Jeevana as its honorary editor and went on to work in several more schools and colleges before joining the D.A.V. College of Sholapur as professor of Kannada. He remained in this position for 12 years till his superannuation at age 60. But, even after retirement, he continued to work in several places and his was indeed a highly chequered career which exposed him to untold hardships in family life. But, amidst it all, his poetic genius never failed to flower and in fact, his adversities proved to be an ever-lasting source of inspiration and philosophy for his unique brand of poetry.

Bendre composed close to 30 collections of poems, but also produced many memorable plays, short stories, critiques and translations, and he wrote in Marathi too.

Bendre’s outstanding contributions to literature were recognised in various forms and on various forums. He was elected the President of the 27th Kannada Sahitya Sammelana of Shimoga in 1943; awarded honorary doctorate by the University of Mysore and the Karnatak University; elected Fellow of the Central Sahitya Akademi in 1969; honoured with the Central Sahitya Akademi ‘s award for his poem Aralu Maralu and awarded the supreme literary prize of Jnanpith in 1974 for his anthology of poems Naku Thanthi .

Word wizard Bendre passed away on October 26, 1986, after playing a historical role in keeping the rich traditions of Kannada poetry alive for over 5 decades. Dr. Vaman Bendre, a renowned poet , critic and translator of Kannada and Marathi literature and son of D.R. Bendre, has authored a biography of his father titled Bendre Jeevana Parichaya.


‘Bendre Trust developing into a centre of learning’

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‘Bendre Trust developing into a centre of learning’
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Saturday August 12 2006 12:00 IST

DHARWAD: The Bendre National Trust is slowly developing into a centre of learning with the government aid and the people’s participation, said M S Srikar, Deputy Commissioner and member secretary of the Trust.

He was speaking at a function arranged at the Bendre Bhavan in connection with the donation of an LCD projector to the Trust by the Karntaka Vikas Grameena Bank here on Thursday.

He informed that the government had released a sum of Rs 5 lakh to the Trust this year, and the amount would be fruitfully utilised. Lauding the bank for its gesture to the literary world, the Deputy Commissioner hoped that the tendency to rush to the help of the needy would be nurtured by the society.

Handing over the projecter to the Trust, General Manager of the Bank I T Sethuraman said that the Bank felt proud to be a partner in bringing the famous poets and writers closer to the people through the documentaries that could be viewed with the aid of the LCD. In this Suvarna Karntaka year, the bank had plans to host several social and cultural progammes at various places in its area of operation, he said.

Speaking on the occasion, former MLA Chandrakant Bellad praised the bank for its numerous social work, hoping at the same time that this would be a source of inspiration for others to emulate.

Presiding over the function, Dr M M Kalburgi, chairman of the trust, said that the trust was undertaking numerous activities, bringing it closer to the people. It has been recognised by the Hampi University and interested students could now enroll for acquiring a doctorate.

Senior Manager Shrinivas Wadappi welcomed, PRO Ullas Gunaga compered and Dr Shyamsundar Bidarkundi proposed a vote of thanks.



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

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