“By bringing up issues related to the lives of the deprived classes into mainstream literature, Chandrashekar Kambar has emerged as an important proponent of parallel culture in modern India,” Ajendra Swamy, writer, has said.

He was speaking at the inauguration of the Jnanpith Award winner's play Jokumaraswamy, at Humnabad on Wednesday

Mr. Swamy said that Dr. Kambar's use of concepts, events and idioms that were peculiar to the deprived classes had enlightened the elite reader about the parallel culture that most readers didn't know existed.

“Dr. Kambar's popularity also springs from his ability to describe rural life and his innovative use of language. His works need to be translated into other Indian languages.”

Lingayya Pujari and his team from Gokak in Belgaum district staged the play. Karnataka Gadinadu Abhivruddhi Samiti is organising the performances.

Samiti president Omprakash Rotte, convener Rajkumar Bhooresh, and Vivekananda Shikshana Samiti president M.R. Gada were present.