Mysore/Mysore: Two books from the end Professor Malali Vasanthkumar were released on March 20, which was the first anniversary of his death.
His books ‘Basava Kranti’ and ‘Kadala Kavitegalu’ were released at a reception jointly hosted by Mysuru Sahitya Parishat District, Kannada Sahitya Kalakoota and Horeyala Grameena Samskrutika Pratishtana at a private hotel in the city.
Speaking on the occasion, Senior Literator Dr. CP Krishnakumar (CPK), who was his teacher, recalled his association with Prof. Vasanthkumar and said that the late professor had good literary thought and was involved in the dissemination of works literature of Kuvempu. He had also written many poems, dramas, novels, translations and was also a critic.
“Although I was a teacher when he was a student, I was his student in Kannada language development. He was a pure soul without any pretensions and an emotional person,” said Dr. CPK adding that it is a matter of both pain and happiness to participate in this function in his memory.
Former ORI Director Dr. S. Shivarajappa who published Prof. Malali’s book “Basava Kranti”, a thought-provoking drama, said that Prof. Vasanthkumar had contributed immensely in protecting the earth and nature. state language. “Throughout his life he was involved in many struggles for Karnataka and showed his love for Kannada by actively participating in the Gokak agitation,” Dr Shivarajappa added.
“Prof. Vasanthkumar has more than 50 valuable works to his credit and in his last days he wrote the play ‘Basava Kranti’ and wanted to see the play performed on stage. The drama is a representation of life and rational thought of Basavanna,” noted Dr. Shivarajappa.
Former Kannada Sahitya Parishat District Chairman Dr. YD Rajanna said Prof. Vasanthkumar also worked for Kannada outside the Academy. “As a teacher, he used to create love for Kannada among his students and motivate them to undertake literary works. He was a multi-faceted person as he was an organizer, a fighter, a cultural activist, a writer and a thinker,” Dr. Rajanna added and concluded by saying that the professor was committed to the cause of Kannada.
Writer Dr. MP Manjappa Shetty Masagali has published another book by Prof. Malali Vasanthkumar “Kadala Kavithegalu”. Mysuru Kannada District President Maddikere Gopal Sahitya Parishat presided. Prof. Malali’s wife Vasanthkumar, Shantha Malali, Folklore Scholar, Dr. Besur Mohan Palegar, President of Kannada Kalakoota, Mr. Chandrashekar, Editors DN Lokappa, KC Omkarappa and others were present.