'Gokak's works reflect his experience from travels'

Kannada Sahitya Parishat honours activist V S Prakash, meritorious students

'Gokak's works reflect his experience from travels'

Kannada activist V S Prakash being felicitated at a Kannada Sahitya Parishat programme at Kolar Gold Fields on Wednesday. DH photoSrinivas Prasad, Kannada professor at Shri Mahaveer Jain College said Dr Gokak, whose experience gained through frequent travel across nations was reflected in his masterpiece ‘Bharata Sindhu Rashmi’, was one of the foremost litterateurs in Kannada.

Among Kannada writers, Dr Shivaram Karanth travelled the most in order to help himself produce great works. Gokak is second in the list, Prasad said.

Although an ardent admirer of Shakespeare, Gokak wrote in Kannada due to his contact with Bendre who influenced him. Gokak’s plays ‘Yugantara’ and ‘Jananayaka’ exhibited the different faces of society. Although in prose, ‘Samarasave Jeevana’ tugs at one’s poetic instincts, he added.

Kannada Sahitya Parishat district unit president Prahladrao said Kannada is not being implemented in the education and administrative systems properly. He wondered if the Gokak movement, held decades ago, will need to be replayed.

M S Ramaprasad, immediate previous president of the Parishat, Kolar Gold Fields unit president N R Purushottam, Police Sub-inspector Somashekhar addressed the gathering. Principal A M Gopalakrishna Reddy was also present.

Kannada activist V S Prakash as well as students who had scored the highest marks in Kannada, Chethana, Aishwarya, Divya and Roopa, were felicitated during the occasion.
Ramananda welcomed the gathering while Krishnegowda proposed the vote of thanks. Babu Janardana Naidu was the master of ceremony.

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