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Leading them gently to great narratives

Bageshree S.

The curious will be introduced to major Kannada writers



Poornachandra Tejaswi

Bangalore: It’s hard to persuade the young and restless to read “Kumaravyasa Bharata”, dating back to early 15th Century. How about starting with Poornachandra Tejaswi’s stories — which are ever so witty and approachable even as they make the most profound comments on contemporary society — and leading them gently through the entire history of Kannada literature?

K.V. Subbanna Aapta Samuha and Rashtrakavi Kuvempu Vichara Vedike, two cultural organisations of the city, have taken on the brave task of introducing the young to the Kannada literary tradition. Beginning this Sunday , the groups are starting a series of programmes, titled “Sahitya Darshana”, which will introduce all the major writers of Kannada.

“We will do it through theatrical presentations of sorts, which will involve reading of the works of these writers, supported by music and drama,” says B.R. Gopinath of Aapta Samuha. The first session will introduce the short stories of the late Poornachandra Tejaswi, including the delightful “Daredevil Mustafa” and the scathing “Tabarana Kathe”. Kuvempu, Bendre, Yashawanta Chittala, K.S. Narasimhaswamy and all other major writers of Kannada will be covered in the subsequent sessions.

“We hope to, in the later phase, introduce even the ancient Kannada texts,” says Mr. Gopinath. The base for all these presentations will be the 25 books published by Akshara Prakashana under “Modala Odu” series, which are readers on all the major writers.

Aapta Samuha, which is also doing a film appreciation course called Cine Maatu, hopes to soon start programmes to introduce traditional forms such as Yakshagana and Taala-Maddale to the young.

Sahitya Darshana will be inaugurated by well-known poet G.S. Shivarudrappa on Sunday at K.V. Subbanna Aapta Ranga Mandira, 151, 7th Cross, Teachers’ Colony I Phase (near Dayanand Sagar College).

To know more, call 9242523523, 9449522277 or 9845931306.

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