Staff Correspondent

Udupi: P. Sripati Tantri said on Saturday that the Jnanpith Award winner late Kota Shivaram Karnath had transcended the boundaries of elitism.

He was speaking after inaugurating a programme commemorating the achievements of writers, late Kota Shivaram Karanth, late Honnayya Shetty, and late Doddanna Shetty, organised by the Karnataka Tulu Sahitya Academy, here.

Prof. Tantri said Shivaram Karanth was a unique personality. He wanted to have deep knowledge of all subjects. Karanth was a great researcher. He should not be limited to Kannada literature or branded a Kannada litterateur as he had an abiding interest in several subjects. Karanth had himself objected to his name being confined to Kannada, he said.

He said Karanth’s works such as “Chomana Dudi” and “Mookajjiya Kanasugalu” were among his best. His works should be made compulsory reading for students of Sociology. The characters in Karanth’s works were simple and contemporary. If Tolstoy’s works reflected the rural life of Russia, and Munshi Premchand’s works portrayed the rural life of North India, Shivaram Karanth’s works graphically described the rural life of the coastal Karnataka, Prof. Tantri said. It is difficult to find a litterateur with as varied interests as Karanth either in Karnataka or in the country. People, especially students, should emulate his ideals, Prof. Tantri said.

Gananath Yekkar welcomed the gathering. B.N. Harish Boloor spoke on the life and achievements of late Honnayya Shetty and Catherine Rodrigues spoke of late Kemthur Doddanna Shetty. M.K. Sitaram Kulal, president of Karnataka Tulu Sahitya Academy, presided over the function. Principal in-charge of Government First Grade College Mahesh Rao was present.