KARNATAKA

Set poems to music, Kanavi tells young musicians

Poet Chennaveera Kanavi has called upon young musicians to set to music Kannada poems so that good literature reaches the masses through the medium of light music. He said that the passing away of musicians like C. Ashwath had created a vacuum in the field of light music in Karnataka.

Mr. Chennaveera Kanavi was speaking after receiving the Sahitya Kala Kaustubha Award at a function at Karnatak Vidyavardhak Sangha here on Sunday. The award was instituted by Sangeetha Dhama, a musical forum based in Bangalore. Murugha Math seer Mallikarjuna Swami presented the award to Mr. Kanavi.

Mr. Kanavi said that although there was no dearth of good poems in Kannada, there were not many musicians who could set them to music, which is the need of the hour. To set good poems to music will be a challenge for musicians as it will give them an opportunity to innovate and more so if they possess knowledge of literature. Knowledge of music and literature are complementary to each other, he added. Poet N.S. Lakshminarayan Bhat said Mr. Kanavi had played a key role in safeguarding the poetic tradition in Kannada and was accepted by the people as the inheritor and successor of the Bendre's poetic tradition.

Mr. Kanavi was among handful of lucky persons who earned the love and admiration of legendary poet Kuvempu at an early stage. Late Kuvempu who was very much selective by nature had wholeheartedly admired Mr. Kanavi at a function held at Karnatak University, he said.

The award distribution ceremony was followed by Kanavi Kavya Sambhrama, a Sugam Sangeet programme in which singer Mrutyunjay Doddawad and troupe sang rare poems of Mr. Kanavi. A CD of Mr. Kanavi's poems set to music called Baruvudella Barali Bidu was released on the occasion.



  • Chennaveera Kanavi given Sahitya Kala Kaustubha Award
  • A CD of Kanavi's poems released

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