Modern Kannada literature, though influenced by western literary traditions, has succeeded in evolving an identity and character of its own, writer Rahmath Tarikere said.

Even though modern Kannada writers were influenced by western literary traditions, they had rich and intimate experience of the native life and culture. They have developed a unique style of articulation and narration by successfully negotiating with western literary traditions, he said after releasing ‘Sadyada hangu,’ a work on literary criticism authored by Rajendra Chenni at Kamala Nehru National College for Women here on Monday.

He said literature was not a mere creative exercise in Kannada. The writers also played the role of activists while taking on the forces of casteism and globalisation. Kannada writers had never hesitated in fulfilling their social obligations, he said.

He regretted that a section of Kannada literary critics was engaged in factionalism. During literary debates, such critics deliberately omitted the names of writers with whom they had ideological differences. It was heartening that in ‘Sadyada hangu,’ the author had adopted an inclusive approach while analysing the Kannada literary tradition. While presenting an overview of the evolution of modern Kannada writing, Prof. Chenni in this book had discussed in detail the works of writers from diverse social background and ideological affiliations, he said.

M.G. Hegde serving as professor at Rani Channamma University, Belgaum, M.S. Nagaraja Rao, professor at DVS College of Arts and Science and Kumsi Umesh spoke on the work. The programme was organised by Pallava Prakashana.