The social and cultural changes occurring in coastal Karnataka that find their way into literature are simply not being discussed, writer and journalist Kodibettu Rajalakshmi said here on Sunday.

Speaking after receiving the first Sara Abubaker Award, Ms. Rajalakshmi said after she returned to Mangalore after spending 10 years in the State capital, she was surprised to find that the cultural and literary changes that were occurring and finding their way into the region's literature were not being discussed.

She said only two writers, Prathibha Nandakumar and Bharathi Devi, opposed and responded to moral policing in the region through their writing.

She said that literary groups and writers' associations must support their fellow writers whenever they take a stand on certain issues and write about them.

B.A. Viveka Rai, former Vice-Chancellor of Kannada University, Hampi, presented the award for her collection of short stories Ondu Mushti Nakshatra . The award, instituted by the Karavali Lekhakiyara-Vachakiyara Sangha, carries a citation and a cash prize.

Ms. Rajalakshmi's stories span a diverse subjects, ranging from stories about experiences drawn from her childhood, communal harmony, the syncretic tradition of worship in coastal Karnataka, stories of rural people, and problems of motherhood.


  • The first Sara Abubaker Award conferred on

    K. Rajalakshmi

  • She got the award for her collection of short stories Ondu Mushti Nakshatra


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