Kayyara feted as he turns 98

Litterateur Kayyara Kinhanna Rai is a power house and is a model for the future generation. His thoughts are universal. The age has not come in the way of his writing and thoughts, said former MLA Vatal Nagaraj.

Speaking at a programme organised to celebrate Rai’s 98th birthday, at latter’s house ‘Kavitha Kuteera’ at Badiadka in Kasargod on Friday, he said “the government should honour Rai with national award. Karnataka government should bestow him with Karnataka Rathna award along with a cash prize of Rs one crore. All the senior litterateurs and journalists should be given monthly honorarium of Rs 10,000 by the government.

Urging the government to confer Rashtra Prashasthi and Karnataka Rathna award on Rai, he said that he will stage a protest in front of Chief Minister D V Sadananda Gowda’s house on June 16 at 10 am.

In a separate programme, Kannada Sahitya Parishat former president Harikrishna Punaroor said that Rai has made remarkable achievement in various fields. He used to mix freely with the commonman. 

Senior journalist V T Rajashekar said Kayyara Kinhanna Rai was not given suitable position in Kannada literary field.

Badiadka Gram Panchayat former president Mahin Kelot, Campco vice-president Kolaru Sathishchandra Bhandary and others were present.

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