Mangalore University Vice- Chancellor Prof T C Shivashankaramurthy said that writings of Kanakadasa which lay stress on need for social justice are relevant even to this day.
Hence, it is our responsibility to convey the values of Kanakadasa to students. Speaking to a gathering at ‘Kanaka Keerthana Gayana,’ an inter-collegiate-level Kanakadasa Keerthana singing programme held as a part of ‘Kanaka Jayanthi’ organised by Mangalore University Kanakadasa Research Centre, National Service Scheme (NSS) of Mangalore University, Dakshina Kannada Zilla Sahitya Parishat, Badriya Pre- University College and Rosario Pre University College at Town Hall on Thursday, he said that, Kanaka Sahitya is rich with literature, music, devotion and spiritual values. More than anything else, it expresses social concern.
Research on Kanaka Sahitya
Explaining about the research works on Kanaka Sahitya, the vice chancellor said that in 1839, Rev Hermann Moegling edited the literature of Kanakadasa.
Later in 1950s, around 16,000 ‘Keerthanas’ of Kanakadasa were edited and introduced to common reader. Now Kanaka study centres are working at Udupi, Mysore, Kaginele and Karnataka university at Dharwad.
“Mangalore University has released 4 books on Kanaka Sahitya in last one and half years. Kannada department of the university is working on it and new building is being built for Kanaka Chair,” he added.
Stating that ‘Kanakanakindi,’ a website on Kanaka Sahitya will be inaugurated soon, Prof Shivshankarmurthy said that in January or February 2012, an international conference titled ‘Bhakti- with special reference to Kanakadasa,’ will be organised in Mangalore University.
Speaking after inaugurating the programme, former professor of Mysore University Professor Kalegowda Nagavara opined that our society is still struggling with social evils like untouchability or caste system though it witnessed some great personalities like Buddha, Basavanna, Allama Prabhu and Mahatma Gandhi.
“The journey towards knowledge is our aim. We have to balance richness and poverty. We have to provide food for poor. Thinking positive is the keyword,” he said.
The chief guest of the programme, Dakshina Kannada Deputy Commissioner Dr N S Channappa Gowda said that people follow foreign culture when they go there. “But we neglect rules and regulations of our country. We need to follow the values of great personalities like Kanakadasa to improve our society,” he said.
Kanakadasa Research Centre Convenor Dr B Shivarama Shetty opined that the Kanaka Sahitya is special because it portrayed Lord Rama and Krishna as common men with love for human beings.
On the occasion, re-printed edition of ‘Kanakadasara Keerthane’ was unveiled. Kalkura Prathishtana President Pradeep Kumar Kalkura, Mangalore University National Service Scheme (NSS) Coordinator Dr Gananatha Ekkar, Badriya Pre- University College Principal Dr N Ismail, Rosario Pre- University College Principal Fr. Alwyn Serrao were present.