CHATLINE Gandhi Bazaar Patrike, started in the Eighties, was the first locality weekly of Bangalore. It went on to become an important literary journal. K.N. Balakrishna, the editor of the journal, tells DEEPA GANESH that the journal continues to run on unconditional love and support from readers and friends
At a time when publishing in Kannada was not an overnight enterprise as it is today, K.N. Balakrishna (Bakina) set up his Lipi Mudrana in the Sixties. This story is over four decades old. It unfolded in the heartland of Kannada culture, one of the oldest localities of Bangalore – Gandhibazaar. It used to be the hub of Kannada writers and artistes and most of them inhabited the halls of New Modern Hotel or Mahalakshmi Tiffin Room, chatting over endless cups of ‘by two’ coffee. “Otherwise it used to be my office,” says Bakina proudly, tapping the old wooden table by which he sits. The small office of Lipi Mudrana forms an unassuming portion of one of the few surviving bungalows of Gandhibazaar, carrying many vestiges from the past – of people and objects. They however, transform into a living presence in Bakina’s ebullient recollection.
A few years after Lipi Mudrana became an important landmark in the literary firmament, Bakina started his locality journal, Gandhibazaar Patrike, the first of its kind. “It was YNK’s idea. He used to spend long hours in my office and we used to discuss everything under the sun. During one such occasion, he suggested this. We drew out a plan, and in the initial days it was brought out in a tabloid form, with the front page invariably dedicated to current affairs,” explains Bakina, who continues to bring out the journal even in the face of many challenges.
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