A tribute to Ranna

The tenth century was the golden era as far as Kannada literature is concerned. Pampa, Ponna and Ranna, the ‘Ratnatrayas’ enriched Kannada literature through their magnificent poetry.

Ranna who was born in Mudhol (earlier, Muduvolalu) is still remembered for his ‘Sahasa Bheema Vijaya’ popularly known as ‘Rannana Gadayuddha’, ‘Ajita Teerthankara Purana’ and other poetry.

The first ever two-day Ranna Vaibhava 2011- a cultural festival was successfully held in this historic town recently. It was organised by the district administration, Kannada and Culture Department and Ranna Foundation of Mudhol.

The festival aimed to popularise Ranna’s works, promote cultural heritage and introduce noted artistes to the people of this region.  Many cultural programmes marked the occasion. Symposia on the life and works of  Mahakavi Ranna, and a poets’ meet were also part of this cultural fest.
Shrinivas Nargund

A new science journal in Kannada
Karnataka may have produced excellent scientists and technocrats of modern India such as Sir M Visvesvaraya, U R Rao, C N R Rao, Raja Ramanna and Roddam Narasimha, but it has hardly helped Kannada to evolve as an effective language of science and technology.

Students hardly pursue their higher science education in Kannada and there is a shortage of science dictionaries not to speak of books on science. With English occupying the prime position as the medium of instruction in urban and semi-urban Karnataka, Kannada has taken the backseat as a language of science. There is, therefore, no wonder that the language is facing an acute shortage of science writers.

In order to overcome this, Karnataka Science and Technology Academy, an autonomous institution under the Science and Technology Department of Government of Karnataka, has initiated a bold experiment of bringing out a quarterly science magazine of the first order titled ‘Vijnana Loka’ (Science World).

There are not many science journals in Kannada. Karnataka Rajya Vijnana Parishat has been publishing ‘Bala Vijnana,’ a monthly but it is meant for children. The Kannada University, Hampi, has been publishing ‘Vijnana Sangathi’. Barring these two, there is no other science journal of its worth in Kannada.

The Academy’s new venture intends to make a sincere attempt in bridging the void. Edited by the eminent and popular medical and health science writer, Dr P S Shankar of Gulbarga ‘Vijnana Loka’ makes for interesting reading. Shankar who is credited with bringing out ‘Vaidya Vishvakosha’ (medical encyclopedia) in Kannada has also authored medical science books in Kannada. His is a household name in Karnataka as his articles are widely read. “Our aim is to take science and technology to the masses in their own language. It also intends to attract, shape and foster Kannada writers in science,” Dr Shankar says.
Srinivas Sirnoorkar

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