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Innovative: The Kannada typewriter that Anantha Subbaraya came up with.
Innovative: The Kannada typewriter that Anantha Subbaraya came up with.

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Anantha Subbaraya started the first Kannada daily in Hassan

He came up with the Kannada typewriter in 1933

HASSAN: Inaugurating the birth centenary of Kaushika Anantha Subbaraya at Patrika Bhavan here on Saturday, the former Karnataka Patrika Academy chairman Garudanagiri Nagaraj described Anantha Subbaraya as a great fighter who possessed a scientific bent of mind.

He started the first Kannada daily in Hassan, in 1952. Mr. Nagaraj accused the State Government of showing no interest in encouraging people with talent.

“The birth centenary of litterateur Aa. Na. Kru (Aa. Na. Krishna Rayaru) was in 2007. He had authored more than 200 novels in Kannada, but the Government did nothing to celebrate the event,” Mr. Nagaraj said.

He recalled that Sudhakar Chaturvedi (114), who had fought for the unification of the State, had been living in Bangalore all the while, but the Government did nothing for his welfare.

Mr. Nagaraj accused the Government for not honouring Kannada poet Da. Ra. Bendre with the Rajyotsava Award. When Mr. Bendre had received the Jnanpith Award, it was mainly owing to the Maharashtra Government’s efforts to have him recognised.

S.V. Jayasheela Rao, former media adviser to Janata Dal (Secular) supremo H.D. Deve Gowda, said that Anantha Subbaraya was a stalwart among men. He criticised the Government for showing no interest in establishing a memorial for him, despite several pleas. Born in 1907, he lost his father at a very young age. He continued his education through ‘Madhukari’ (collecting food from houses), besides helping his mother. In 1930, he invented shorthand in Kannada, and published “Sharada Kannada Sheegralipi,” to help people learn shorthand in eight hours.

He came up with the Kannada typewriter in 1933. Its keyboard was named “Anantha Keyboard.”

This was a revolutionary change in the early days, as people believed that typewriters in English were the only possibility, since it had 26 letters, and that without changing the Kannada alphabet a typewriter would not be feasible.

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