Special Correspondent

`It will help students develop the right perspective'

SHIMOGA: Director of the Kannada Bharathi at the Kuvempu University Srikanth Kudige said here on Tuesday that the younger generation should read the literature of Kuvempu, Kannada poet and Jnanpith awardee.

He was speaking as the chief guest at the presentation of literary awards instituted by the Kannada Sangh in the memory of litterateurs Kuvempu and S.V. Parameshwara Bhat.

He said that Kuvempu who saw the divinity in nature was not an atheist, though he gave a call to shun places of worship.

Prof. Kudige emphasised the need for Kannada literature students to take up an indepth study of Kuvempu's literature which was helpful in developing the right perspective.

T.N. Shankarnarayan of the Kannada Bharathi at the Kuvempu University, who spoke on the life and contribution of Prof. Parameshwara Bhat, said that by translating major works in Sanskrit into Kannada, Prof. Bhat made a lasting contribution to the Kannada literature.

Awards given

The Vice-Chancellor of the Kuvempu University B.S. Sherigara gave away prizes to winners of the awards. Malini Keshav Bhat of Mangalore who stood first in the M.A. examination held in 2005 by scoring 69.8 per cent won the Kuvempu Award while V. Gangadhar of Challakere taluk in Chitradurga district and K.J. Nayana of Davanagere who won the first two ranks in the first year M.A. in Kannada were given Prof. S.V. Parameshwara Bhat awards.

M. Jagadish Naik and M.C. Geetha studying in the first year M.A. in Kannada at the Kuvempu University won the first and the second prizes for their performance in the degree examination. The president of the Karnataka Sangh Vijaya Sridhar presided over the function.