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‘Kannada literature has portrayed K’taka as cultural state’

‘Kannada literature has portrayed K’taka as cultural state’

‘Kakkilaya at 90: A dialogue with new generation’


DH News Service, Mangalore:

“Most of the Kannada literature has portrayed Karnataka as a cultural state rather than a political state.
Kannada literature speak of the culture more elaborately rather than the political framework of the state,” said Dr Rahmath Tarikere.

Speaking on ‘The concept of nation and state in Kannada literature’ at ‘Kakkilaya at 90: A dialogue with new generation’ held here on Saturday, he said that apart from this difference another distinct feature of Kannada literature is that most of literary works which deal with kings and dynasties are based on the stories of small rulers and not about the powerful kings.

The stories talk of the small rulers, their struggle to save their kingdoms from bigger rulers.

Glorification of the rebellion small ruler as true patriots who fight and die to save their own land is often seen in such literary works as against the big, powerful rulers.

From time to time, the Kannada poets have brought about the topic of nationalism in their writing where they have addressed on ‘universal brotherhood,’ ‘Hindutva,’ Karnataka and India but each poet had a distinct way of narrating and describing the relation between the state and the nation.

He said that while some poets described India as the mother and Karnataka, her daughter, some others described it as the love between two lovers. But Bendre surpassed such comparisons and called both as mothers, without any difference.

Many others described motherland as Goddess. “Whatever might have been the comparison, the common point in all these comparisons is that all have seen India and Karnataka as women,” he added and said that in the mother-daughter relation, there have been critics who argued that if India and Karnataka are the mother and the daughter, then the fact that mother gives birth to the daughter does not hold good in this case as the nation (India) was born after amalgamation of different states (daughters).

Earlier addressing the gathering on the topic ‘The treatment of the question of liberation in Kannada literature,’ Sumithra said that slowly ‘liberation’ which also meant rebellion, was efficiently depicted and spoken about through a woman in Kannada literature.

Writers like Kuvempu and Karanth too dealt with the issue but while Karanth’s literary works spoke of the desire to pursue good in life, Kuvempu spoke of the scope of growth that is available for every living being.

A pro-women writer Thirumalamba, who was influenced by Mahathma Gandhiji though that education can be the only means for liberalisation.

Critic G Rajashekar presided over the session. Dr Sabiha Bhoomi Gowda and Prof Lingadevaru Halemane too presented papers on different topics.


June 2, 2008 - Posted by | EKAVI Group, KANNADA

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