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`Foreign idioms inevitable'

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BANGALORE, DEC. 21. U.R. Ananthamurthy, recipient of the Jananpith Award, has said that there was no point in complaining against the use of foreign idioms, phrases and words in any language as they have gained cultural values and literary merits.

Mr. Ananthamurthy was speaking at a seminar organised by the Prasaranga (publication division) of the University of Bangalore on the occasion of the late poet Kuvempu's birth centenary here on Tuesday. Any complaint against writers borrowing familiar terms from Sanskrit or any other language will hinder the evolution of language, he said.

About Kuvempu, he said the influence of English and European literature on his works benefited Kannada literature. Prof. Ananthamurthy said that for him Kuvempu was more a novelist than a poet who stood above the egotistical sublime. Ki. Ram. Nagaraja, critic, read out some of the poems of Kuvempu. Writer Basavaraja Kalgudi spoke on the relevance of Kuvempu's literature.

M.S. Thimmappa, Vice-Chancellor of Bangalore University, presided over the seminar.

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