Monograph on Gokak
VINAYAKA KRISHNA GOKAK: Translation of Surendranath Minajigi's monograph in English; Translaed by Madhava Mukarni; Sahitya Akademi, Ravindra Bhavan, 35, Feroze Shah Road, New Delhi-110001. Rs. 40.
APART FROM enriching Indian writing in English, Vinayaka Krishna Gokak, who is widely regarded as one of the foremost critics in Indo-English literature, also gave a big push to modern Kannada.
Gokak distinguished himself in a wide range of spheres. He was a good teacher, administrator, educationist, poet, critic and novelist.
‘Bharata Sindhu Rashmi', an epic based on Vedic literature, has over 200 characters and it depicts the geographical, societal, mythological, and economic aspects of peninsular India. It reflects the essence of Vedic culture interwoven with the Arya-Dravida divergences and similarities. His creative writing, both in poetry and prose, reveals a deep insight into human behaviour. Some of his novels and travelogues are a delectable blend of autobiographical information and characters, fictional or real.
The biographer, an ardent student of Gokak, has given a brief account of the life and works of his teacher, besides a summary of some important works in Kannada. Brought out in the birth centenary year of Gokak, this short biography is a fitting tribute to that illustrious scholar.
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