Bhyrappa Tag

Posted On April 6, 2011By SandeepIn Commentary

Saraswati’s Son Honoured

It’s more than befitting that Dr. S L Bhyrappa has been awarded the Saraswati Samman this year. Kannada writer S L Bhyrappa was on Tuesday chosen for the prestigious Saraswati Samman for his novel ‘Mandra’… The jury which selected Bhyrappa was headed by former Chief Justice G B Patnaik. After consideration of works published in 22 Indian languages during 2000-2009, the Chayan Parishad (jury) selected Mandra, a novel in Kannada by S L Bhyrappa for the 20th Samman, a statement said…He is one of the best selling novelists in KannadaRead More
1971 or ’72. I had newly returned to Mysore. The Kannada translation of the Telugu Digambara poetry collection had just been published. The release function was held in Mysore at the public taxi stand. A hotel waiter was the chief guest to inaugurate the occasion. I was present there. The organizer, in his speech, announced that literature was the preserve of neither the upper classes/castes nor restricted to critics. It belonged equally to the lower strata of the society and included such people as daily wage labourers and poor farmers.Read More

Posted On September 7, 2009By SandeepIn Commentary

Sunday Special: Excerpts from an Autobiography: 3

My friends felt sorry for me when they heard that the Principal had rejected my scholarship. “Had you told us this earlier, we’d have stopped you from meeting him. The Principal gives any number of scholarships and freeships if you get a letter from Swamiji of his caste’s Mutt. Nothing else works with him,” they told me. But my mind was already drawn inward. I contemplated on my condition: an inability to pay my monthly fees of Seven Rupees. As far back in time as I could recall, I feltRead More
Soon after, I wrote Jalapaata (Waterfall) and Tabbaliyu Neenaade Magane (You have been orphaned, my Son). A singular experience inspired both these works. A revolution of sorts was brewing in the cooperative sector in the Kaira district, which not just bettered the lives of the farmers there but supplied plentiful milk to far-off places like Ahmedabad and Bombay. AMUL had gained nationwide fame as a producer and supplier of milk products. I wanted to visit the organization that had unleashed a flood of milk across the country.Read More
When I landed in Delhi sometime in the January of 1967, Indira Gandhi was already ensconced in power…almost every other day witnessed hordes of “associations”–the Footpath Vendors Association, the Autorickshaw Drivers’ Association, the Slum Dwellers’ Association, the Onion Sellers’ Association and so on– parading on the streets of Delhi, petitioning her with a list of their respective grievances amid noisy slogans of Indira Mata Desh ki Neta!… In reality, this was a sponsored stunt to “prove” her superior popularity over Congress party veterans like S Nijalingappa. The press was well-versedRead More