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Birth centenary of Ti. Nam. Sri. to be observed for a year

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The celebrations were launched jointly by the Department of Kannada and Culture and the Ti. Nam. Sri. Birth Centenary Committee



YEARLONG CELEBRATIONS: Former Chief Minister M. Veerappa Moily inaugurating Ti. Nam. Sri's birth centenary celebrations along with writers M. Chidananda Murthy and G.S. Shivarudrappa, in Bangalore on Saturday. — Photo: V. Sreenivasa Murthy

BANGALORE: The Department of Kannada and Culture, in association with the Ti. Nam. Sri. Birth Centenary Committee, launched a yearlong observation of the birth centenary of Tirthapura Nanjundaiah Srikantaiah (1906-66), an outstanding scholar, literary critic and teacher, here on Saturday.

Speaking on the life and achievements of the late scholar, his student and noted poet G.S. Shivarudrappa said that Ti. Nam. Sri's contribution to the literary tradition is indelible as he was responsible for laying a strong foundation to Kannada literary criticism.

He said that with M. Hiriyanna, author of classical The Art Experience, Ti. Nam. Sri. authored the colossal work Bharatiya Kavya Mimamse (a critique of Indian poetics) that won him the prestigious Pampa Award posthumously.

The Jnanapith award winner Kuvempu had called it "Acharya Kriti", he said. The late scholar D.L. Narasimhachar had observed, "No Indian language has a book that can even distantly approach Bharatiya Kavya Mimamse."

Explaining the significance of scholars such as Prof. Ti.Nam. Sri. in the continuation of the cultural and literary traditions, he expressed concern over the dwindling tribe of genuine Kannada scholars in the cultural and literary context.

The late scholar's son T.S. Nagabhushana said that the birth centenary committee has made arrangements to observe his father's birth centenary for a year in various parts of the country, in association with reputed institutions such as the Central Institute of Indian Languages (Mysore), Deccan College (Pune), Central Sahitya Academy (Delhi) and the Institute of Dravidian Linguistics (Thiruvanthapuram).

Former Chief Minister M. Veerappa Moily was the chief guest. Noted scholar M. Chidananda Murthy presided over the function.

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