KARNATAKA

‘Ambikatanayadatta National Award’ conferred on Sunil Gangopadhyaya

Jnanpith award winner U.R. Ananth Murthy conferring the ‘Ambikatanayadatta National Award’ on Bengali writer Sunil Gangopadhyaya in Dharwad on Saturday. Chairman of the D.R. Bendre National Memorial Trust M.M. Kalburgi, litterateur Chennaveera Kanavi and Giraddi Govindraj are seen.

Jnanpith award winner U.R. Ananth Murthy conferring the ‘Ambikatanayadatta National Award’ on Bengali writer Sunil Gangopadhyaya in Dharwad on Saturday. Chairman of the D.R. Bendre National Memorial Trust M.M. Kalburgi, litterateur Chennaveera Kanavi and Giraddi Govindraj are seen.  

Girish Pattanashetti

‘After Rabindranath Tagore, he is an inspiration for Bengali youth’

DHARWAD: The “Ambikatanayadatta National Award,” instituted by the D.R. Bendre National Memorial Trust, was conferred on president of the Sahitya Academy and Bengali writer Sunil Gangopadhyaya here on Saturday during the 113th birth anniversary of D.R. Bendre. The award carries a cash prize of Rs. 1 lakh.

Presenting the award, Jnanpith award winner U.R. Ananth Murthy said that after Rabindranath Tagore, it was Mr. Gangopadhyaya who had become a source of inspiration for the Bengali youth and given a new dimension to Bengali literature.

Mr. Gangopadhyaya said the translation of any literary work could not be compared to the original. In that sense, a translated literary work was not complete.

Impressed

Mr. Gangopadhyaya said he was deeply impressed by Bendre’s works. He read the translation of Bendre’s poem “Pataragitti Pakka” in his acceptance speech.

Veteran poet Chennaveera Kanavi spoke about how Bengali and Kannada had an old association that dated back to the ninth century. The Sen rulers of Bengal were originally from Karnataka, he said.

Presiding over the function, chairman of the trust M.M. Kalburgi said it was his last function as chairman. He was resigning not because of pressure from any quarter, but in deference to his self-imposed rule of not continuing in any position of a public organisation for more than three years, Mr. Kalburgi said. Member of the trust Giraddi Govindraj made the introductory remarks. Writers G.S. Amur, Siddhaling Pattanashetty, Malati Pattanashetty, Laxminarayana Bhatta and Agrahara Krishnamurthy were among those present.

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