March 2019

এমন কিছু মানুষ থাকেন যাঁদের বয়সের সাথে পূর্ণতা লাভ করার প্রয়োজন পড়েনা, জন্মের সাথে সাথেই যাঁরা সম্পূর্ণ, আত্মজ্ঞানে পরিপূর্ণ। আন্তর বিবর্তন ও মানসিক বৃদ্ধি তাঁদের নিষ্প্রয়োজন, কারণ তাঁরা ইতিমধ্যেই বিবর্তিত। কৃষ্ণ হলেন তাঁদেরই একজন। শৈশবাবস্থার কৃষ্ণলীলা আমাদের সবিস্তারে পরিচিত হলেও, তাঁর তৎকালীন চিন্তাধারা আমাদের অবগত নয়। আমরা যেটুকু বুঝতে পারি সেটা হচ্ছে, তিনি ছিলেন এমন একজন মানুষ যিনি শৈশবাবস্থা থেকেই সকল উত্থান-পতন কে জীবনের অঙ্গ হিসেবে মেনে...
Prince Uttara, adorned with garlands and fragrant perfumes, came in a procession on the royal path; he greeted the citizens of the city and the married woman, receiving their blessings and adoration. In great grandeur and filled with delight, he came to the door of the palace and brought the good news to his father. The doorkeeper-sentinels rushed inside and told King Virāṭa, “Mahārāja! Prince Uttarakumāra is standing at the doorway along with...
ಇದೇ ರೀತಿ ಭಾರತೀಯರ ಪ್ರಕಾರ ವಸ್ತು ಮತ್ತು ಅದನ್ನು ಕುರಿತಾದ ಜ್ಞಾನಗಳ ಪೈಕಿ ಜ್ಞಾನವೇ ಹೆಚ್ಚು ಸತ್ಯವಾದುದೆಂದು ಭಟ್ಟರು ಭಾವಿಸುತ್ತರೆ (ಪು. ೭೭). ಇದು ಈಚಿನ ಅನೇಕಚಿಂತಕರು ಎತ್ತಿಹಿಡಿಯುವ ಮತ. ವಿಶೇಷತಃ ನವಭಾರತೀಯದಾರ್ಶನಿಕರು ಹೆಚ್ಚಾಗಿ ಇಂಥ ಅಭಿಪ್ರಾಯವನ್ನು ಪ್ರಕಟಿಸುತ್ತಾರೆ. ಮಾತ್ರವಲ್ಲ, ಈ ವಾದವು ಬುದ್ಧಿಜೀವಿಗಳಿಗೆ ತುಂಬ ಆಕರ್ಷಕವೂ ಹೌದು; ಮತ್ತಿದು ಅದೆಷ್ಟೋ ಮಂದಿ ಮುಗ್ಧರಾದ ಪ್ರಾಮಾಣಿಕರು ಒಪ್ಪುವಂಥದ್ದೂ ಆಗಿದೆ. ಆದರೆ ನಿರ್ವಿಶೇಷವಾದ ಸಾರ್ವತ್ರಿಕಾನುಭವದ ಹಿನ್ನೆಲೆಯಲ್ಲಿ ಕಂಡಾಗ ಇದು ಸತ್ಯವಲ್ಲವೆಂದು ತಿಳಿಯದಿರದು. ವಸ್ತುತಃ ಭಟ್ಟರ ಈ...
Among the yesteryear scholars of Kannada literature I know, the most extraordinary ones are S G Narasimhacharya, R Narasimhacharya, M A Ramanuja Iyengar, and Devashikhamani Alasingacharya. I think I first saw S G Narasimhacharya in 1906–07. I knew him by name before I met him. I had read some of his writings in textbooks. His translations of segments of Kālidāsa’s Raghuvaṃśa into Kannada poems set to the śaṭpadi meter were exceedingly beautiful...
BMS
  B.M. Srikantaiah was one of the members of the youth club of Srirangapattana. Other prominent members of the club were Vice Chancellor N.S. Subba Rao, Advocate M.G. Varadacharya, Professor Annaaji, Engineer Venkata Subba Rao and Forest Conservator Narasimhaiah. There were two prominent features of that club: (1) Mutual friendship, (2) Admonishing any outsider who would oppose any member of the club. Annaji: “Our Subbu’s writing is so...
Tiruvadi Temple
As lecturer of Sanskrit Literature at the Central College, Sri Chappalli Visweshwara Sastri earned the gratitude and respect of numerous students. His recitation of poetry didn’t have the sweetness of music because he didn’t have a melodious voice. But the style of his expository commentary was illuminative. He would split each word, explain its origin using examples and then drive home the intent and the feeling of the poet thereby. There’s no...
With great delight Arjuna looked at the Kaurava heroes retreating; he bowed his head down and offered his greetings to Grandfather Bhīṣma and Ācārya Droṇa and rode with them for some distance, engaging in casual conversation. Then he paid his respects to Aśvatthāma, Kṛpa, and others by hurling an arrow at them [at their feet]; then he shot an arrow at Duryodhana’s bejewelled crown and tore it apart. Finally, he twanged the string of the Gāṇḍīva...
ನರಸಿಂಹಭಟ್ಟರ ಚಿಂತನಕ್ರಮದ ಇತಿ-ಮಿತಿಗಳು ಸ್ವಭಾವತಃ ಮಿತಭಾಷಿಗಳೂ ಅಂತರ್ಮುಖರೂ ಆದ ನರಸಿಂಹಭಟ್ಟರು ನಯವಾದರೂ ನಿರ್ದಾಕ್ಷಿಣ್ಯವಾದ ಅಭಿವ್ಯಕ್ತಿಗೆ ತೆತ್ತುಕೊಂಡವರು. ಆದುದರಿಂದ ಅವರ ಮಿತಭಾಷಿತ್ವ ಮತ್ತು ನಿರ್ದಾಕ್ಷಿಣ್ಯಗಳು ಅದೆಷ್ಟೋ ಬಾರಿ ಪ್ರತಿಪಾದ್ಯವಿಚಾರಕ್ಕಿಂತ ಮಿಗಿಲಾಗಿ ಓದುಗರನ್ನು ಎದುರುಗೊಂಡಲ್ಲಿ ಅಚ್ಚರಿಯಲ್ಲ. ಹೀಗಾಗಿ ಈ ಎರಡು ತೊಡಕುಗಳು ಅವರ ಚಿಂತನಗಳನ್ನು ಗ್ರಹಿಸುವಲ್ಲಿ ಜಿಜ್ಞಾಸುಗಳನ್ನು ಸಾಕಷ್ಟು ಕಾಡುತ್ತವೆ. ಇದಕ್ಕೆ “ಭಾರತೀಯಸಂವೇದನೆ: ಸಂವಾದ” ಗ್ರಂಥದ ಅದೆಷ್ಟೋ ಪ್ರತಿಕ್ರಿಯೆಗಳೇ ಸಾಕ್ಷಿ. ಜೊತೆಗೆ ಅತ್ಯಂತಪ್ರೌಢವಾದ...
In the history of the revival of Kannada literature, a few Europeans are among those who ought to be remembered with reverence. Antique jewels of (Kannada) literature were initially brought to light by these venerable Europeans. A few distinguished names among them are Reeve, Garrett, Kittel, Rice, Ziegler. Some of them came as here as Christian missionaries. A few others came as employees of the Government’s Education Department. We shouldn’t...
Balakrishna Rao Shankaranarayana Rao’s name brings to mind a close associate of his, namely S.R Balakrishna Rao. Their friendship and affection for each other was so deep that many people considered them as the twins of Shivamogga. Balakrishna Rao was a very good lawyer. He was of about the same age as Shankaranarayana Rao, I guess. The were like-minded and had similar perception of values in most matters. They were good critics of the...