Books to be released to mark Ananthamurthy’s 80th birthday
It is good news for fans of Jnanpith-award winning writer U.R. Ananthamurthy and noted writer Devanur Mahadeva.
While Edege Bidda Akshara, a compilation of writings of Mr. Mahadeva, was released by writer Sitakanta Mohapatra on Sunday, Suragi, the autobiography of Dr. Ananthamurthy will be released on December 21.
Though Mr. Mahadeva has written very little in terms of quantity, he has created a niche for himself in the Kannada literary world, influencing generations through his writings, public discourses and political stances.
A compilation of his writings has been released after nearly 28 years. He has not published anything after the acclaimed work Kusumabale.
“Mr. Mahadeva’s words are not burdened by jargon. They are simple and straight and appeal to the people,” Ravikumar of Abhinava Prakashana, which brought out Edege Bidda Akshara, said. “We found it difficult to convince Mr. Mahadeva on the need to bring out a collection of his published articles in the past three decades,” he said.
Mr. Ravikumar told The Hindu it was difficult to imagine any socio-cultural discourse in Karnataka in the absence of Dr. Ananthamurthy. While he had triggered controversies because of his reaction to some important issues, he also provided new dimensions through his thought-provoking analysis, he said.
His reactions were not limited to literature, but to education, environment and literature too, Mr. Ravikumar added.
Abhinava plans to bring out works by Lakshmisha Tolpadi, G. Rajashekar, Rehmat Tarikere, K.V. Tirumalesh, Chiranjeev Singh and Girish Kasaravalli to mark the 80th birthday of Dr. Ananthamurthy and Edege Bidda Akshara is first in the series. While historian Sha. Shettar is the chief editor of all these volumes, Mr. Ravikumar and N.A.M. Ismail are assisting him.
According to Ja. Na. Tejashree, narrator and compiler of Suragi runs to about 450 pages, and she took about two years to take down the experiences of Dr. Ananthamurthy and put it together.