ಕನ್ನಡ ರಾಜ್ಯೋತ್ಸವದ ಶುಭಾಶಯಗಳು


Another November and the train of thoughts heads back to the 1973 when the shift happened from Mysore to Karnataka. Thanks to the unification movement, Karnataka does make a strong statement geographically. Today we are a population of over 6Cr and one of the most well educated states in the country. The employment rate is quite decent and so is the standard of living.

We have come a long way from the post independence era to this day and there have been a commendable amount of changes in our lives. We are the IT hub. Bangalore finds its name in a dictionary stating “Bangalored” as a new term to outsource the job to India. And so does Mysore which makes a mark in the statement “Doing a Mysore” meaning an extravagant spending. We were the first to generate power in the whole of Asia. We were amongst the richest people in the world dating back to the era of the kings. There have been a lot of such proud achievements which I can go on to mention but I would like to focus more on Kannada today.

We are the highest number of Jnanapith award winners equalling up to Hindi and we have produced a great number of novels and poems. I have been a proud student of Kannada literature. And I am more proud to say that I have had the opportunity to read some of the greats. Kuvempu, Karant, Masti are a few names to mention but the names have stayed on long with us. For the inspirations they drove into our minds, for the beauty and the romanticism they introduced to us in our lives. They opened us up to a new thought and dimension which the sciences don’t teach. To this day, it may seem that literature may have lost some of its sheen but that again is a perception. Chandrashekhar Kambar was the most recent Jnanapith award winner and he wrote in Kannada. Had the literature lost its sheen, I would believe that this would not have happened.

Also it goes to show that good work will be recognized. I am not a flagrant patriot of the language, nor am I a staunch supporter of some other language over this. Of late we have seen the activists masking the boards with black sketch or the ones who portray themselves as the foresayers of the culture. But I am at loss to understand the logic behind it. People are always bound by their own choices. Kannada or English- neither of them care about the language, it is about the thought. For me I still consider myself a patriot, for the amount of respect I have for the language is immense. I know that the entire article is in English but the thought is still for Kannada.

I would love to close the article with one of my favourite writings by Kuvempu

 

“ಎಲ್ಲಾದರು ಇರು ಎಂತಾದರು ಇರು
ಎಲ್ಲಾದರು ಇರು ಎಂತಾದರು ಇರು
ಎಂದೆಂದಿಗೆ ನೀ ಕನ್ನಡವಾಗಿರು 
ಕನ್ನಡವೇ ಸತ್ಯಾ ಕನ್ನಡವೇ ನಿತ್ಯಾ
ಕನ್ನಡವೇ ಸತ್ಯಾ ಕನ್ನಡವೇ ನಿತ್ಯಾ
ಕನ್ನಡ ಗೋವಿನ ಓ ಮುದ್ದಿನಕರು ಕನ್ನಡ ತನವೊಂಡಿದ್ದರಿನಿ ನಮ್ಮಗೆ ಕಲ್ಪತರು
ಕನ್ನಡವೇ ಸತ್ಯಾ ಕನ್ನಡವೇ ನಿತ್ಯಾ
ಕನ್ನಡವೇ ಸತ್ಯಾ ಕನ್ನಡವೇ ನಿತ್ಯಾ || “

 

ಕನ್ನಡ ರಾಜ್ಯೋತ್ಸವದ ಶುಭಾಶಯಗಳು

 

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11 thoughts on “ಕನ್ನಡ ರಾಜ್ಯೋತ್ಸವದ ಶುಭಾಶಯಗಳು

  1. hmm now that is a lot of info which I had no clue of.. bangalored is in disctionary now WOWO.. and doing a mysore .. had never heard of this statement

    well they say you learn something new each day I learnt something toooo

    thanks 🙂

  2. Gayathri says:

    Good one Vini.. I loved the way you ended the article saying it is the thought behind that matters n not the language of expression… Yes, i love that poem too.. 🙂 I too am offended by those ugly black markings on bill boards n hoardings by the self-proclaimed defendents of Kannada. I really wonder if they have any love for Kannada or its just another political instrument to exploit…

    • Thank you Gaachi 🙂 ..

      The black markings, the strikes by the self proclaimed saviours of culture etc make me think how much of it would they mean.. It al seems like a desperate attempt to get some attention if I am asked..

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