Veerabhadrappa and Rehamat Tarikere felicitated
Noted writer and Kendra Sahitya Academy award winner Veerabhadrappa has said that if the politicians of the State had little understanding of the literature, they would not have indulged in so many scams.
“Literature makes a person more sensible and sensitive,” he asserted.
He was speaking after being feted by city-based Geleyara Balaga, the Kannada Sahitya Parishat and the Chintana Paraksaha here on Sunday.
The programme was organised to felicitate Mr. Veerabhadrappa and another recipient of the Kendra Sahitya Academy award, writer Rehamat Tarikere.
Regretting that the elected representatives were not aware of the importance of literature, he said that the World Kannada Meet has been postponed for long due to lack of political will. Expressing in a humorous, yet regrettable tone, he said that sportspersons like Gautam Gambhir are being franchised for a whopping Rs. 11 crore, but literary personalities were getting no back up from the financially-strong people.
“People should also invest in the field of literature, which would help writers grow like the players,” he stated.
He felt the need for organising Kannada meets in all the bordering areas of the State to counter the hegemony of other languages such as Marathi, which are gaining dominance in districts such as Belgaum.
Expressing his views about Mr. Tarikere, he said that unlike several other critics, Mr. Tarikere was true to his statements.
“I feel that most critics need to be subjected to narco-analysis or brain mapping as they write what they don't believe in most often,” he remarked. In his address, another writer, Banjagere Jaiprakash, said that both Mr. Tarikere and Mr. Veerabhadrappa were among few who have given a new dimension to the Kannada literature.
Stating that Mr. Veerabhadrappa writes more in a local dialect mainly of Bellary, he said that such style has both, advantage and disadvantage.
“The advantage is that people who know the language understand the works easily, but to others, it may not be appealing,” he said.