Settar highlights relevance of studying Halegannada literature

S. Settar, president of the Halagannada Sahitya Sammelan, delivering his address at Shravanabelgola on Monday.

S. Settar, president of the Halagannada Sahitya Sammelan, delivering his address at Shravanabelgola on Monday.   | Photo Credit: Prakash Hassan


‘Works such as Kavirajamarga carry message of tolerance for present-day political workers’

Political workers who hate people with different opinions and those who shoot others over ideological differences should be made to read Kavirajamarga, the first literary text of Kannada, said S. Settar, scholar and president of the first Akhila Bharata Halegannada Sahitya Sammelan, here on Monday.

In his presidential address, Prof. Settar said that the author of Kavirajamarga compares the ability to tolerate a different view to gold (Kasavara). “This is the message we need to make today’s political workers understand. With that we can definitely decide not to reply to those who raise the foolish question on the relevance of studying Halagannada literature.”

Mr. Shettar termed the period between the last part of the 19th century and the early part of the 20th century as the golden age of Kannada. That was the time when many great works of the past came to light and scholars wrote a critique on them. “Because of the commendable work by the scholars, we could trace the history of Kannada literature.”

Further, he said, old Kannada works should be translated into modern Kannada for the benefit of today’s readers.

“If great works of past centuries are translated into present-day Kannada and then into English, they will get worldwide recognition. Then, nobody would bother to raise the relevance of studying Halegannada literature,” he opined.

Halmidi inscription

Mr. Settar said that the conclusion that Halmidi inscription was the first Kannada inscription was disputable and also stressed the need for further research.

“It was an inscription with no date in it. The scholar who found it put its date as 450 AD. And, we believed the same all these years. Without showing disregard to the scholars of the past, we need to do research further,” he added.

Charukeerthi Bhattaraka Swami of Jain Mutt inaugurated the sammelan by placing a copy of Pampa’s work Adi Purana on the dais. The copy was carried in a palanquin to the dais. The seer said the inauguration was symbolic as a mark of respect to Halagannada works.

Hampa Nagarajaiah, scholar, read out his speech in Halagannada and received appreciation from the audience. C.P. Krishna Kumar, Chandrashekhar Patil, Mallepuram Venkatesh, Kannada Sahitya Parishat president Manu Baligar and others were present.

Earlier, a procession, involving folk troupes, was taken out in Shravanabelagola. Prof. Settar reached the sammelan venue in a specially decorated vehicle. A good number of students participated in the procession holding Kannada flags.

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