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COMMEMORATING: Nadoja Kayyara Kinhanna Rai (left) releasing ‘Govinda Pai Samagra Kavya’ in Udupi on Monday.
COMMEMORATING: Nadoja Kayyara Kinhanna Rai (left) releasing ‘Govinda Pai Samagra Kavya’ in Udupi on Monday.

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Anthologies of Pai’s dramas and poems released

Pai’s 125th birth anniversary celebrated

‘His library had books in 40 languages’

Udupi: The litterateur Nadoja Kayyara Kinhanna Rai said on Monday that late Rashtrakavi Govinda Pai was not just a “Rashtrakavi” but a “Vishwakavi”.

He was speaking after releasing the anthology of Govinda Pai’s dramas, “Govinda Pai Samagra Kavya”, at a function here.

It was jointly organised by the Rashtrakavi Govinda Pai Samshodhana Kendra, Kavyalaya Prakashana, Mysore, Mahatma Gandhi Memorial (MGM) College, and the Academy of General Education, to mark the 125th birth anniversary celebrations of Govinda Pai.

Mr. Rai said that Govinda Pai’s contribution to the field of literature was invaluable. He was a scholar par excellence and had command over 25 languages. His library had books in about 40 languages. It was important for the people of Dakshina Kannada and Udupi districts, and Kasaragod district of Kerala not to give up their broadmindedness. “Although the people of this region speak Tulu or Konkani in their domestic circles, they are ardent lovers of Kannada,” he said.

The 93-year-old Mr. Rai concluded his speech by reading a poem composed by him on Govinda Pai.

Releasing an anthology of Govinda Pai’s poems, “Govinda Pai Samagra Kavya”, honorary director of Manipal Institute of Communication M.V. Kamath said Govinda Pai was sad when Kasaragod, which included Manjeshwar, the place where Govinda Pai lived, was included in Kerala. He had translated some English poems into Kannada. The translation was so perfect that they appeared like original works. Govinda Pai was not only a litterateur but also a historian. “He was an inspiration to the people around him,” he said.

Principal of MGM College Jayaprakash Mavinakuli welcomed the gathering. Scholars Shivaji Jois and Muralidhar Upadhya Hiriyada spoke on Govinda Pai’s dramas and poems. Registrar of Academy of General Education K.K. Pai presided over the function. Director of Govinda Pai Samshodhana Kendra Heranje Krishna Bhat and C.K.K. Murthy of Kavyalaya Prakashana were present.

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