Na D'Souza to chair Kannada literary fest
Kannada novelist Norbert D’Souza, popularly known as Na D’Souza, has been selected president of the 80th All India Kannada Sahitya Sammelana slated to be held in Madikeri, January 7-9 next year.
Seventy-six-year-old D’Souza is known for his novels, plays, children’s books and short stories. He has contributed immensely to Kannada literature in the last three decades.
D’Souza joined the Public Works Department as a second division clerk after completing his intermediate in Shimoga. Though he worked in the government department for 37 years, he pursued his interest in the literary field.
His two novels ‘Dweepa’ (Island) and ‘Kadina Benki’ (Forest Fire) have been made into films which won national awards.
Girish Kasaravalli made a film based on ‘Dweepa’ with the same title. It deals with the raging issue of building dams and the displacement of natives. It won the Swarna Kamal Best Film Award.
‘Kadina Benki’ was also made into a film with the same title by Suresh Heblikar in 1998. It also won the National Film Award for Best Feature Film.
His novels ‘Mulugade’ and ‘Kolaga’ were prescribed for study in Mangalore University and Bangalore University, respectively. Significantly, the Oxford University Press published his novel ‘Dweepa’ recently.
D’Souza has not confined himself to literary pursuits. Unlike many writers, he identified himself with several movements espousing the cause of Nature in particular and public good in general.
He was also part of the agitation against the delay in the railway gauge conversion between Shimoga and Talaguppa in Sagar taluk. The work has since been completed.