Rich tributes paid to Vyasaraya Ballal

N. Vyasaraya Ballal

N. Vyasaraya Ballal  

Staff Correspondent

Contributions of the writer recalled at condolence meeting in Udupi

Ballal was extremely sensitive in his portrayal of women

His writings focussed on the importance of Kannada medium

Udupi: Rich tributes were paid to litterateur N. Vyasaraya Ballal, who passed away in Bangalore on Wednesday, at a condolence meeting held at the Mahatma Gandhi Memorial (MGM) College here on Thursday.

The condolence meeting was organised by the Academy of General Education, Udupi Taluk Kannada Sahitya Parishath, Sauharda Vedike, Rathabeedi Geleyaru, Yakshagana Kalaranga, Rangabhumi, Tulu Koota, and Karkala Sahitya Sangha.


Writer Muralidhar Upadhya Hiriyadka said that Ballal was extremely sensitive in his portrayal of women in his works such as Anurakte, Vatsalya Patha, Hemanthagana, and Uttarayana. A critical analysis on Ballal’s novels titled Ballalara Kadambarigalu was brought out by MGM College under the stewardship of its then principal and writer Ku. Shi. Haridasa Bhat.

“Yet some questions still remain a mystery. Why did Ballal not choose to lead his retired life in Udupi, where he was born? Why was Ballal not chosen as president of the 74th All India Kannada Sahitya Sammelan held in Udupi? These questions will torment us for a long time,” Prof. Hiriyadka said.

Chairman of Prasar Bharati M.V. Kamath said that Vyasaraya Ballal had started his literary life by his contributions to a Kannada journal Nudi started in Mumbai. In fact his first novel Anurakte had appeared as a serial in Nudi. It was later published as a novel.

Mr. Kamath, who was then working as a reporter of the Free Press Journal, said that he had fond memories of meeting Vyasaraya Ballal and other friends in Mumbai, who were filled with ideas of securing freedom for the country and socialism.

Importance of Kannada

Writer Mahabaleshwara Rao said that besides novels and other works, Ballal writings also focussed on the importance of Kannada medium and Kannada learning.

“Ballal’s candidature for the post of the president of 74th All India Kannada Sahitya Sammelan in Udupi was not pursued vigorously,” he said.

Man of few words

Writer M. Ramachandra said that Ballal was a man of few words. He was a sensitive person and this sensitivity was reflected in his works, he said. Writer Padekallu Vishnu Bhat said that Ballal brought forth beautifully the working of trade unions in his novel Bandaya.

Principal of MGM College Jayaprakash Mavinakuli, general secretary of Ranga Bhumi Ananda Ganiga, and Administrative Officer of Academy of General Education H. Shantharam highlighted the achievements of Ballal. Director of Rashtrakavi Govinda Pai Samshodhana Kendra Heranje Krishna Bhat compered the programme.

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