Multi-faceted Tejaswi displayed at photo exhibition

Life of a polymath
Last Updated 26 April 2014, 18:54 IST

Various facets of the life of writer Poornachandra Tejaswi, which ensured him renown in several fields, is at display at an exhibition of photographs at Senate Bhavan, University of Mysore premises.

The exhibition is part of a two day workshop titled ‘Saamskrithika Lokadalli Tejaswi’, being organised by Abhiyenthararu, a theatre troupe of Engineers, in association with the Directorate of Kannada and Culture.

It consists of more than 50 pictures, which encompass his life as a writer, photographer, ornithologist and also a tech-savvy personality. While there are stunning photographs of several species of birds of Karnataka, which he tried to document in his capacity as an ornithologist, these photographs also reveals the prowess of Tejaswi in the art of photography.

Photographs of birds such as the Yellow Browed Bulbul, Blue Chat, Malabar Whistling Thrush, Small Green Barbet are a treat to the eye, making one wonder about the diversity of birds in the region.

There are rare photographs which chart the various skills and interactions of Tejaswi.
 There are photographs of him playing the veena; lost in thought while he balances a glass of tea between window grills; operating a computer during the later stages of his life; interacting with Jnanpith awardees such as his father Kuvempu, Shivarama Karanth and Chandrashekar Kambar and others. 

The photographs not only depict the genius of a man Tejaswi was, but also his down to earth personality, where he is a child among children.


The workshop was inaugurated by writer K Marulasiddappa. Vice-chancellor of Karnataka State open University, M G Krishnan and Tejaswi’s wife Rajeshwari Tejaswi were present. On Sunday, apart from several sessions on the polymath Tejaswi, ‘Mayaloka’, a play written by him will also be staged at Senate Bhavan at 6.30 am.

(Published 26 April 2014, 18:54 IST)

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