Staff Correspondent

New chairman of the Bendre trust takes charge

DHARWAD: Chairman of Dr. D.R. Bendre National Memorial Trust Shyamasundar Bidarakundi has said that he has plans to compile the articles on D.R. Bendre and publish them in a book form.

Addressing presspersons after taking charge as chairman of the trust here on Thursday, Mr. Bidarakundi said that research assistants would be employed for the purpose.

He said the 115th birth anniversary of poet Bendre would be observed on January 31. On the occasion, the award instituted in memory of the poet, which comprised Rs. 1 lakh, would be presented.

Mr. Bidarakundi said the opinion of 90 writers had been taken on the presenting the award to a senior litterateur and the name of the winner would be announced on January 15.

He said two books on Bendre written by Geeta Vasanth and Vittalrao Gaikwad would be released. Programmes on the works of Bendre selected for the award would be organised on the occasion.

The chairman said “Geleyara Gumpu” (Friends’ Group) of Bendre had its significance in the field of Kannada literature and the trust would organise “literary appreciation” workshops on the works of Sham. Bha. Joshi, Ananda Kanda, Ram. Shri. Mugali and V.K. Gokak in February.

He said the trust would give awards to eight literary works of writers aged less than 40. Each award would carry a cash prize of Rs. 5,000 and a citation.