Rohidas Nayak, president of the Uttara Kannada district unit of the Kannada Sahitya Parishat (KSP), has said that the quality and richness of contemporary Kannada literature could be understood better if writers and people interested in literature studied Halegannada works.
He was speaking after inaugurating a seminar on “Kannada Sahitya – Pramukh Pravahagalu” at KLES College of Education here recently.
Mr. Nayak lamented that though many people take pride in speaking about works of writers like Pampa, they would have not read the original books. Thorough reading of the works of great writers of the past helps in understanding contemporary writing.
Pointing out at the absence of dynamic interaction between literary traditions in different languages like Urdu, which he said was one of the richest of Indian languages, he said he found it unfair to attribute a work of literature to a caste or religion.
Yet, the quality of Kannada literature as found in Jain literature is of high quality and the contemporary litterateurs need to make extra effort to read and understand it.