He was speaking after inaugurating a programme organised by Dakshina Kannada Zilla Sahithya Parishat in association with Kannada Culture Department to commemorate the birth anniversary of Jnanapeeta awardee Late Dr Shivaram Karanth in Town Hall on Sunday. Admiring the works of Dr Karanth, Sundar Rao said that perhaps there is and there was no other litterateur in Kannada having a deep knowledge of diverse fields like Dr Karanth.
Chief guest of the programme, Mangalore University Registrar Dr Chinnappa Gowda called Shivaram Karanth as a person with ‘enlightenment of an era’. “Karanth was a great man who cherished with him the memories of past, lived in the present and dreamt about the future. He was never haunted by cynicism like most of the writers, instead he was aware of the reality and tried to change things within the limits. He was in the real sense a litterateur as he responded to each and every issues of concern,” put forth Dr Chinnappa Gowda and added that to celebrate Dr Karanth’s birth anniversary in a meaningful way would at least raise Karanth conscience among the people. Litterateur Prof Amrutha Someshwara who was conferred ‘Karanth Puraskar’ on the occasion recited a poem-’Karantha Kadalu’-to describe Shivaram Karanth as a person and asked the young generation to inculcate at least few of Karanth’s thoughts in their lives. Two Yakshagana artistes Halladi Jayaram Shetty and Kote Shivanada were honoured on the occasion.
Prizes were distributed to the winners of various contests held in the name of Dr Shivaram Karanth. Litterateur Erya Lakshminarayan Alva presided. Yakshagana was staged by the child artistes of Sri Durga Makkala Mela prior to the formal function.