Hundreds of mourners pay tribute to Ananthamurthy

Hundreds of mourners pay tribute to Ananthamurthy

Hundreds of mourners pay tribute to Ananthamurthy

Thousands of mourners today paid their last respects to Jnanpith award winner and Kannada literary icon U R Ananthamurthy, who passed away on Friday.

The mortal remains of Ananthamurthy were kept for public homage at the premises of Ravindra Kalakshetra as the state observed a three-day state mourning.

Chief Minister Siddaramaiah, his ministerial colleagues, Union Ministers Ananth Kumar and D V Sadananda Gowda, Kannada writers and leaders of all parties filed past the body of Ananthamurthy, a literary genius and vocal public intellectual who often courted controversies.

Literary and film figures like Girish Karnad, M S Satyu, Girish Kasaravalli, Nagabharana and K S Nissar Ahmed also paid their last respects to the departed towering literary figure.

Last rites for Ananthamurthy will be performed later in the day at Kalagrama inside Bangalore University premises. His last rites will be performed according to Hindu rites, officials said.

Hindu, Muslim and Christian prayers were conducted at Ravindra Kalakshetra for Ananthamurthy, who was known for his strong secular beliefs and dared to question fundamentalism, particularly majoritarianism.

Government has declared holiday today for its offices and educational institutions. Ananthamurthy, known for his pathbreaking works in Kannada literary world,  died of multiple health complications at a private hospital here yesterday, 10 days after he was admitted for fever and infection.

After paying his last respects, Siddaramaiah remembered Ananthamurthy as a great socialist. He said the late writer had association with all socialist leaders like Ram Manohar Lohia, and others both at state and national levels.

"Most importantly he was known for his straight talk. He used to openly speak out his opinion on all issues whether it is social, political or religious which many times used to become controversial, but even then he used to stick to his opinion."