A symposium on the life and works of Kannada writer Devanoor Mahadeva will be held at Karnatak Vidyavardhak Sangha (KVS) here on Tuesday.

Nataraj Huliyar, thinker, will inaugurate the symposium, and KVS president Patil Puttappa will preside over the function.

The fifth edition of Mr. Mahadeva’s work Yedege Bidda Akshara will be released on the occasion.

The literary sessions to be held are as follows:

In the first session, Kriye (action), from noon to 1 p.m. activist S. Tukaram will deliver a talk on Mr. Mahadeva and contemporary movements in Karnataka. Subbhu Holeyar and Mohan Nagammanavar will take part.

In the second session, Tatva (ideology), from 1 p.m. to 2 p.m., Kannada University professor B.M. Puttannaiah will make a presentation on Mr. Mahadeva’s thoughts as reflected in Yedege Bidda Akshara . Ashok Shettar and S.B. Jogur will take part.

Writer Sabita Bannadi will speak on Mr. Mahadeva’s collection of stories Odalaya and Dyavanuru in the third session — titled Kathe (story) — from 2.30 p.m. to 3.30 p.m. K.C. Umesh and Anasuya Kambale will take part.

The fourth session, Kadambari (novels), from 3.30 p.m. to 4.30 p.m. will focus on Mr. Mahadeva’s novel, Kusuma Bale . Nataraj Boodal will make a presentation, and Mallikarjun Meti and Arun Jolad will take part.

Rahamat Tarikere, writer, will deliver the valedictory address. Karnatak University professor K.R. Durgadas will preside over the session.

The Gombemane troupe will present a ballet based on Mr. Mahadeva’s works. Over 50 young writers and 500 students are expected to take part in the programme.

The programme is open to all. An exhibition-cum-sale of the books will be held and Yedege Bidda Akshara will be available at a concessional price of Rs. 100.