K.N. Venkatasubba Rao

His birth centenary will be observed from September 9

Seetharamaiah was a scholar, musician, palaeographer, teacher and Kannada activist

He was responsible for setting up the B.M. Sri. Pratisthana in Bangalore in 1979

BANGALORE: The B.M. Sri Smaraka Pratisthana is set to observe the birth centenary year of the scholar, musician, palaeographer, teacher and Kannada activist, the late M.V. Seetharamaiah, beginning September 9.

The pratisthana has constituted the M.V. Seetharamaiah Birth Centenary Committee for the purpose. The committee that includes G. Venkatasubbaiah, G. Narayana, L.S. Seshagiri Rao, M. Chidananda Murthy A.R. Mitra, M.H. Krishnaiah and P.V. Narayana has chalked out many programmes on the occasion.

The programmes include national and State-level seminars on the achievements of Seetharamaiah in the field of manuscript study and the latest developments in the field, publication of his complete works and biography and observing 2009-10 as palaeography year.

Born into a family of scholars, on September 9, 1910, in Mysore, the late “model teacher” did his postgraduation in Kannada in 1933.

He came under the tutelage of great teachers and pioneers of Kannada literature of that period such as B.M. Srikantaiah, T.S. Venkannaiah, A.R. Krishna Shastry, T.N. Srikantaiah and D.L. Narasimhachar.

In 1934, he worked as secretary, Kannada Sahitya Parishat. D.V. Gundappa was then the vice-president of the parishat.

He was the Assistant Editor of the Mysore University’s English-Kannada dictionary from 1939 to 1946. He joined the Government Arts College, Bangalore, in 1946 and retired in 1967. He took special interest in palaeography and provided new insights into several Kannada manuscripts. Recipient of many literary and public honours, Seetharamaiah identified himself with the Pragatisheela school of Kannada literary tradition. He has to his credit over 100 works.

He was responsible for establishing the B.M. Sri. Pratisthana in Bangalore in 1979. He died on March 12, 1990 in Bangalore.

Interested persons may contact the B.M. Sri. Pratisthana, 3rd Main Road, Narasimharaja Colony, Bangalore- 560019. Phone: (080) 26615877/08026676773. email-bmsritrust@gmail.com for details.