Kannada literature

For a DCDB (desi born confused desi ;) ) like me who had achieved a reasonably high level of proficiency in English (well according to an IELTS exam I’d taken a couple of years ago), Kannada was something I hardly ever bothered about. However since October 2001 when I started seeing a lot of things in a different light, I’ve been appreciative of a great many things and Kannada has been one of them!

ಆಶ್ಚರ್ಯದ ಮಾತೇನೆಂದರೆ ನನಗೆ ಕನ್ನಡದಲ್ಲಿ ಓದಿಬರಿಯುವ ಅಭ್ಯಾಸ ಕಳೆದುಹೋಗಿತ್ತು… ಒಂದು paragraph ಓದಲು 10 ನಿಮಿಷ ಬೇಕಾತ್ತಾಯಿತ್ತು :P ಆ ಪರಿಸ್ತಿತಿಯಿಂದ ಇಲ್ಲಿಗೆ ಹೇಗೆ ಬಂದೆ?? ಈಗಲು ನಾನು ಬರಿಯುವುದರಲ್ಲಿ ಬಹಳ ತಪ್ಪುಗಳಿರಬಹುದು ಎಂಬ ಅರಿವಿದೆ, ಆದರೆ ಬೇಳದೆ ನಡಿಯುವುದನ್ನು ಕಲಿತವರು ಯಾರಾದ್ರು ಇದ್ದಾರ? :D

ಬರಹ ಡೈರೆಕ್ಟ್ ಬರಹದಿಂದ download ಮಾಡಿ – ಇದರಿಂದ ಆರಾಮಾಗಿ ಯೆಲ್ಲಾದ್ರು ಕನ್ನಡದಲ್ಲಿ type ಮಾಡಬಹುದು!

I even wrote an introspective article on Kannada published on the thatskannada portal.

Since then, thanks to association with a real quiet (and very genuine) Kannada hero Hari Prasad Nadig, I’ve been motivated to learn more and more about Kannada literature. I still haven’t really got the hang of reading as fast as English but have been ambitious enough to take on some reading atleast on the web and some thin books.

In my opinion, the optimal approach for the flourishing of Kannada is to create something of value in it. The most outstanding example is TN Seetharam’s Muktha, which even people who normally watch other language channels have started to watch, not out of any compulsion that activists try to enforce, but simply out of love for the quality which is a non-violent and beneficial-to-all approach.

At this point in time, I think me and anybody in my category could still use English to bridge the liguistic divide, and gradually cross the gap to the point where we develop equal fluency in both. One key factor on why this has to happen is because of all the Indians who don’t have access to so many opportunities simply because they don’t know English. I feel the best way to avoid this becoming a serious division in society is for the English literate people to try and honor the language of the place they live in, and involve it in every aspect, so that consequently the local non-English people have some kind of place as well! :-)

The idea of (re)discovering Kannada (literature) is not merely of idealism or patriotism, but because its really fun and invaluable… there are some real gems in it. And its of course even better to learn it with the help and encouragement of people who share similar interests, and especially if they already have a head start! ;)

Now there are already plenty of forums available for example the Kannada community in orkut, many yahoogroups, and also several Kannada portals like sampada. So for the time being you can post your ideas here, and in case anybody comes up with a better idea we can shift there.

What Kannada books have you really loved, or most influenced you? Something you learnt a lot from? Something you could read one paragraph of it to learn something every day? Can you quote some excerpts? Some memories or incidents where they were applicable? Some books which you feel could be made into movies? Some bhava geete/movie song’s lyrics that you really liked?

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Though this particular post is mainly about Kannada, for those who don’t know it don’t need to feel restricted here, if there’s any book of your native language which had a telling influence on you, feel free to write about it… maybe there’s a translation of it in Kannada as well ;) (After all, each language is like a beautiful flower, in the garden of India/world, and comparing one to the other is like comparing a rose to a lotus :D )

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See also:

Shruti: ruminates on mankuthimmana kagga.

Sandeep on DVG: A Gentle Literary Giant

Avinash’s Kannada Blog

51 Responses to “Kannada literature”

  1. T V Srinivasa Says:

    ನಿಮ್ಮ ಅನಿಸಿಕೆಯೇ ನನ್ನ ಅನಿಸಿಕೆ. ನಾನು ಈಗ ಪ್ರತಿನಿತ್ಯ ೩-೪ ಪುಟಗಳನ್ನು ಕನ್ನಡದಲ್ಲಿಯೇ ಬರೆಯುತ್ತಿರುತ್ತೇನೆ. ಇದಕ್ಕೆ ಕಾರಣಕರ್ತರು ನಾಡಿಗರೇ! ನೀವು ತಪ್ಪಾಗುವುದೆಂದು ಬರೆಯುವುದನ್ನು ನಿಲ್ಲಸಬೇಡಿ. ನಿಮ್ಮ ಬ್ಲಾಗ್ ತುಂಬಾ ಮಾಹಿತಿಭರಿತವಾಗಿದೆ. ಇದರಲ್ಲಿ ಕನ್ನಡ ಬರಹ ಇದ್ದರೆ ಮುತ್ತಿನ ಹಾರದಲ್ಲಿ ಮಾಣಿಕ್ಯವಿದ್ದಂತೆ.

  2. Shruthi Says:

    This is a very interestingly written post, Sanjay. Try reading Prof A.N.Murthy Rao’s works. They are simple, very easily readable, and contain a wealth of knowledge and experience. Will tell you some more when I remember.

  3. Sanjay Mysoremutt ಸಂಜಯ » Blog Archive » Muktha - T.N. Seetharam Says:

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  4. msanjay Says:

    Thanks TV ಶ್ರೀನಿವಾಸರವರೆ, ನನಗೆ ಉದ್ದೇಶವಿದ್ದರು ಸಮಯ ಸಾಲುತ್ತಿಲ್ಲ, ಪ್ರತಿದಿನ ಎಲೆಕ್ಟ್ರಾನಿಕ್ಸ್ ಊರಿಗೆ ಹೋಗಿ ಬರುವುದರಲ್ಲೇ ಇಡೀ ದಿನ ಸಾಗುತ್ತಿದೆ :( ಆದರು ನೀವು ಹೇಳಿದ ಹಾಗೆ ಮತ್ತೆ ಪ್ರಯತ್ನ ಮಾಡುತ್ತೀನಿ!

    Thanks Shruti, I’ll check them out – I’ve heard a lot about them but haven’t gotten down to actually picking one up.

  5. msanjay Says:

    TODO: create a Kannada version of a smile card :mrgreen:
    (work in progress)

  6. Anitha Says:

    Can you post the link for online “mankuthimmana kagga”

    I thought , I had seen that in Muktha Blog , but not able to find it now.

    Thanks in advance,
    Anitha.

  7. msanjay Says:

    The kannada wordings are here (thanks to some others, whose names I’ve misplaced), and its translation is given in the link below.

    You may also listen to it (in Kannada) in the audio link given below.

    maja maaDi 8)
    Sanjay

    ———–

    May not be the exact words . but i will try to re-phrase .. (somebody correct me if possible)

    sasi bhoomi-inda horage barovaga adakkenu thammategala shabdha irutha .
    Hannu gidadinda horabandaga adakkenu . trumpets barisuthiva ..
    soorya chandra .dina bandhu ee bhoomige belaku , jeeva kottu hoguthillava ..
    avarella bandhu .. shabhdha illade avara kelasa madikondu hoguthillava .

    neenu ninna thuti holidu kondu ..kelasa madu . mankuthimma

    ———–

    Translation:

    When a sapling bursts out from the seed, do you hear any cymbals clashing?
    When a fruit is formed, and ripens, are any trumpets blown?
    The sun and the moon come everyday, giving light and life to this earth, but
    is there any fanfare?
    They just come quietly, do their work, and go.
    Such wonderful things are happening all the time, in nature – without any
    sound.
    Then why do you, a mere man, have to tell everybody about everything you do?
    Keep your lips sealed, do your work silently. That is real greatness.

    source: Shruti’s blog

    ———–

    Audio from Udhbhava.com

    ———–

  8. srinidhi Says:

    ಸಂಜಯ್ ಅವರೆ.. ನಿಮ್ಮ idea ಚೆನ್ನಾಗಿದೆ.
    ಇಂದೂ ನನ್ನ ಅತ್ಯಂತ ಪ್ರಿಯವಾದ ಪುಸ್ತಕವೆಂದರೆ ಭೈರಪ್ಪನವರ “ಸಾರ್ಥ”, ಕಾರಂತರ “ಮೂಕಜ್ಜಿಯ ಕಥೆಗಳು” ಹಾಗೂ ಪೂರ್ಣಚಂದ್ರ ತೇಜಸ್ವಿ ಅವರ “ಕಾಡಿನ ಕಥೆಗಳು”. ಸಾರ್ಥವನ್ನಂತೂ ಎಷ್ಟು ಬಾರಿ ಓದಿದರೂ ಸಾಗಾಗುವುದಿಲ್ಲ.

  9. srinidhi Says:

    ಸಂಜಯ್ ಅವರೆ.. ನಿಮ್ಮ idea ಚೆನ್ನಾಗಿದೆ.
    ಇಂದೂ ನನ್ನ ಅತ್ಯಂತ ಪ್ರಿಯವಾದ ಪುಸ್ತಕವೆಂದರೆ ಭೈರಪ್ಪನವರ “ಸಾರ್ಥ”, ಕಾರಂತರ “ಮೂಕಜ್ಜಿಯ ಕನಸುಗಳು” ಹಾಗೂ ಪೂರ್ಣಚಂದ್ರ ತೇಜಸ್ವಿ ಅವರ “ಕಾಡಿನ ಕಥೆಗಳು”. ಸಾರ್ಥವನ್ನಂತೂ ಎಷ್ಟು ಬಾರಿ ಓದಿದರೂ ಸಾಗಾಗುವುದಿಲ್ಲ.

  10. Anitha Says:

    I meant the online text version of the entire Mankuthimmana kagga book (not the audio)… Is it available on the net…

    The reason I am asking is I hardly get time to read the book … if it is available online .. i can somehow squeeze time and read it in bits and pieces…

  11. msanjay Says:

    no Anitha nobody had posted the entire text version… will post it here if I come across it.

  12. msanjay Says:

    Wrt the comment “such calmness has done lot of damage to kannadigas in the past” I feel that TNS is a pretty calm [yet very active] person on the whole and he’s only been constructive. Violence (even if its limited to verbal violence) has never helped – it only creates a negative image and may provide some temporary satisfaction but never really solves any problem. We may try to encourage people to learn Kannada but never try to be an activist to those who aren’t interested. At the same time, we shouldn’t compromise on assertiveness. My two paise.

  13. Anitha Says:

    Sanjay, i did not mean to be violent … by calmness i meant silence (zero reaction) …

    Most often , in my opinion people do not even react thinking that their assertiveness will be considered as arrogance …

    Infact I was trying to be assertive about the very BLOG being there. (But some people suggested to be silent or ignore this) .. that is their way of dealing with things and i respect that …

    do we always need to ignore these kind of issues

    Honestly , I myself do not know what is the right thing … in this case i chose to react … There are occasions when I do not react..

    Any thoughts …

  14. Balachandar Says:

    Hi,
    I would like to know how to create a Kannada blog?. What is the editor that is used? Is there any online editor available? Let me know full details. If it is going to be an online editor, then people can post articles and comments easily. Kindly let me know the full details.

    Thanks

  15. msanjay Says:

    Hi Balachandar! Maybe this post might help. There’s complete support for creating Kannada blogs on the sampada.net portal :) There are a lot of fellow Kannada bloggers who’re more than willing to help as well!

    —-

    Anitha, I guess everyone has to figure out their own answers – which will evolve over time, here’s just another opinion…

    If we take the example of Prithvi I think he was just speaking his mind openly. This I now realise is actually a good thing :) which I believe we should actually appreciate and encourage in all situations – this helps us in getting different perspectives of the same situation. He might’ve not used right language – and I now feel what we considered as offensive words were simply casual words for him which he uses among his circle of friends. He was just talking informally without really meaning any offense. If he does misuse his vocabulary its really his problem ;) I try to address the content and not the presentation, though of course its not that I always succeed – still no harm in trying :mrgreen:

    But it was definitely a nuisance if someone comes and questions why you are discussing without really making any attempt to understand anything about the context – so I personally don’t feel we should not react and simply ignore. One can try to explain things. But after that if a person still ignores the explanation or does not understand, and keeps playing the same plate then I feel ignoring him/her or considering a more strict alternative is the best option :) But what is achieved by abusing, etc? In the other page, it just caused ripples and ripples of anger where everyone ganged up to add their own words to it. If you see, he has written hardly a few small paragraphs but we have ourselves allowed it to become such a big deal! :D

    I really like Gangadhar‘s words on his blog…

    We all come in different SHAPES and SIZES.We all have STRENGTHS and weaknesses.What’s right for one person may not be right for another.There are things that are important to me, that you don’t care about at all! And sometimes your behavior doesn’t make any sense to me.But I want for us to understand each other, and communicate well,because we live together in the same world.

  16. Anitha Says:

    Thanks for your words Sanjay… i keep pondering about it quite often….

    I liked Gangadhar’s words very much ..

  17. prithvi.J Says:

    can u pls point out where i was offensive , first blog i in fact apperciated u fellow
    but u guys totaly mis understood it
    second time i aired my opinion – u guys just cudnt take it
    u went far as comparing me with grey characters of the serial
    comeing back part i made a mistake once
    but to day u invited me back buddy
    still i apolagised for it rember
    trust me man i am not angry. just trying to make a point
    is the point take n ? if so but my blogs back – if ur realy a good blogger

  18. prithvi.J Says:

    ie put my blogs back

  19. msanjay Says:

    Prithvi, sorry but I’ve lost track of what your exact point was – its become a bit too complicated for me.

    There have been plenty of critical comments about Muktha/TNS even before you made your own comments as well. So I wouldn’t say that other people in the forum are defensive and over-sensitive as you have made them out to be.

    In any case, everybody including me is a gray character – none of us are heaven-descended pure “white”, or evil-minded pure “black”] :) That’s why it is said Tamasoma Jyotirgamaya so we may try and move from darkness to light :) Maybe as you say there was some kind of misunderstanding/misinterpretation while exchanging words – its an inherent limitation of language. For example, when you say “but to day u invited me back buddy”… I cant imagine on what basis you say that I invited you back :)

    I propose – actually, as administrator of the site – I insist - we simply forgive and forget and get on with discussing lightly instead of doing a serious post-mortem of the past and “cross-examining” ;) each other. After all we’re not qualified to be lawyers or judges. Its only an informal forum about Muktha and not a court to settle interpersonal disputes.

    So some of your comments remain deleted (I dont have an Undelete button anyway), and inspite of my love for democracy, I reserve my right to make exceptions. If you like you may retype them and I will consider publishing them using my discretion. If I’ve not been a good blogger of your standards, too bad :(

  20. msanjay Says:

    A note from a colleague

    …wrt S L Bhairappa the first thing that came to my mind was an interesting fact, that I came to know while watching “Thhat antha heli” in DD-Chandana, about S L Bhairappa.

    The anchor explained a small interesting story on how S L Bhairappa turned into writing books in Kannada from English. Not sure whether I have put it in the right way or i have quoted it wrongly. Appreciate if someone could correct it, if it is wrong…

    He (The anchor) explained once when SLB and his wife were travelling in a train. For a change, somehow, he (SLB) bought a Kannada Novel (Not sure who the author was…) from one of the Book Depot in a Railway Station. But he started reading it by keeping it inside an English Weekly… When his wife noticed this and asked him “Why are you ashamed of reading a Kannada book openly”?, which stuck in his mind so hard that we are seeing a transformed SLB now…

    “Behind every successful Man there is a Woman”… QED…

    –Guru

  21. chetana Says:

    Hi Sanjay,
    i would like to let you know about two kannada books that have really changed and touched the way i live…
    1. “Hridaya sampannathe”
    2. “shraadha”(one of the very important hindu samskaara-of performing the obsequisce ceremonies. i truly believe its a must-read for every single person..)

    the author, Sri. RKS.Kumaraswamy, is a retd. IIT(m) professor whose way of life is worth emulating. a very well versed man in sanskrit, in the concepts of our hindu religion, the books are written as applicable to the common man. the short stories from “hridayasampannathe” are getting published in the “kasturi” kannada magazine currently.
    hope you find it as touching and informative as i found them to be! and share with others the same.
    thanks!
    regds
    chetana.

  22. msanjay Says:

    Thanks a lot for sharing this chetana!

    I find hridayasampannathe particularly appealing… will look out for it…

  23. sanganagouda Says:

    Hello friends, u can download some good kannada pdf books from http://mykannada.net, enjoy. :neutral:

  24. Shrinidhi Hande Says:

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  25. Raju Says:

    Namaskara,
    Iam madly searching for Kannada novels since few days, atlast i have found this site.Looks informative. Can some one tell me where can I download some good books.It would be better if I get it in PDF.Pls help me.Iam in Oman, really iam missing my Languange.
    Vandanegalu

  26. manasa Says:

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  27. msanjay Says:

    Raju, check out the link mentioned by Shrinidhi:

    My Kannada

    Quillpad ತುಂಬಾ ಚೆನ್ನಾಗಿದೆ :)

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  29. chinna Says:

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  30. Mahendran Says:

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  31. varalakshmi Says:

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  32. varalakshmi Says:

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  34. Ragu Says:

    i am looking for Kannada ebooks. We should ask our Kannada publishers to also release a soft copy so people away from Kaka can buy them! what say?

    Ragu Kattinakere

  35. prashant m shirol Says:

    Namskara.
    Kannada novels site http://mykannada.net nalli novels tegedu bari adds hakiddare !????

    modlu novels ittu amele yelli hoyto gottaglilla????
    plz bere sites idre helri…………..

  36. a common man ಸಂಜಯ » Blog Archive » Muktha - T.N. Seetharam ಮುಕ್ತ Says:

    [...] For comments on Kannada and related literature in general, which are not really related to Muktha you might consider putting them at this link on Kannada Literature [...]

  37. msanjay Says:

    Yes that’s right, Kannada is a language in India – see more on wiki.

  38. chandrakanth Says:

    nanage kelavu kannada wordings galu bekaagide
    Karnataka raashtrakke sambhandisida wordings galu)
    avugalu elli sigabhahudu helteera ?

  39. kannadahanigalu Says:

    Hi,

    Nice one….. :grin:

    Regards
    KannadaHanigalu.com Team

  40. ಓದುಗ Says:

    ನಿಮ್ಮ ಪ್ರಯತ್ನ ಶ್ಲಾಘನೀಯ ಪ್ರಯತ್ನ ಮುಂದುವರೆಯಲಿ, ಶುಭ ಹಾರೈಕೆಗಳು.

  41. Sudhee Says:

    Nimma prayatna nijakku chennagide.

    Nanage kannada e-books elli FREEDOWNLOAD maadabahudu endu
    tilisiri dayavittu.

    -Sudheendra

  42. Ramesha Says:

    Can anyone please post a book by title ‘Kriyatmaka Yogasanagalu’ written by Swami Yogananda, published by Samaja Pustakalaya? It is a great book on Yoga. I had my personal copy, but lost it some how. Not getting it in any book shops at present.

  43. Guru Says:

    @ msanjay on March 6, 2006 at 8:37 pm
    Hi Sanjay,
    Regarding your post dated march 06, 2006..
    The person was not SL Bairappa but it is Beechi (Book reading in train–Kannada etc.,) It is mentioned in his BHAYAGRAPHY and the book that inspired him is SANDHYARAAGA written by A NA KRU in the year 1935. (I have read that book n it is really superb
    Somebody correct me if I am wrong…
    Guru

  44. virupaksha Says:

    i am not getting any literature on songs. so plese help me.

  45. sreejith Says:

    maga,sanjay mele slb bage story bardidiyala adu SLB alla beechi.avaru odida pustaka ta.ra.su ravara sandya raaga.

  46. dhinkar Says:

    check for kannada ebooks in
    http://www.totalkannada.com

    you can also read articles,krishi sampada on

    http://www.sampada.net

  47. Basu Says:

    Hi

    I have lot of Kannada Novel soft copies (Authors: Triveni,BV Ananthram, SLB, Yandamuri, Saisute, MK Indira, KP Tejaswi, Karant, etc etc), If anyone want please send me mail at basusg@gmail.com, i will send download links .

    Regards
    Basavaraj S G

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