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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’
The Newindpress.com

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.


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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!


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.




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