May 2019

Most parts of the Vedas are allegorical and metaphorical in style. Knowledge of this symbolism is the only avenue through which the meaning of the hymns can be accessed. It was necessary for the ancient sages to employ symbolism because of the esoteric content and also because it predates the evolution of systematized language as we now know it. For the same reason everyday words were made to perform multiple tasks: allusions to natural...
Establishment of the Pariṣad The Sāhitya Pariṣad was established in the assembly hall located in the quadrangle of today’s Arts and Science College building, which is opposite to Central College, Bangalore. People of great eminence from various places of the Kannada region had gathered to attend the Pariṣad’s programme. Ramachandra Hanamantha Deshapande from Dharwad; Mudavidu Krishna Rao, Alur Venkata Rao, and Jathar of the Karnataka Printing...
Basavanagudi
Committment When in college, if Venakatanaranappa had to quickly answer nature’s call, he would carry a small bottle full of water. Students who had observed him doing so, often gathered on either side of the corridors as he passed by to the washroom. They would tease him – “Here comes the procession with the bottle, here comes the procession with the bottle”. Venkatanaranappa often walked away turning a deaf ear to the taunts. This happened...
Gandhi Speech
Drawing from history, DVG[1] says, Before the advent of the British in India, what was the system which united the king and the citizens in our kingdoms? The answer is this: in those days, there was no cleavage between the two. The individual could directly question the king. The king ruled with the fear that the citizens would revolt if he ill-treated them.   Mohandas Gandhi was blind to or perhaps willfully ignored these positive and life-...
Krishna
The night was spent in their conversation. The next morning the Kauravas and their nobles assembled in the king’s court, curious to hear the message Sañjaya had brought for them. Bhīṣma, Drona and the other elders entered the court along with Dhṛtarāṣṭra, while Karṇa and Śakuni accompanied Duryodhana. Sañjaya entered the court, sought the permission of Dhṛtarāṣṭra and narrated all that transpired when he met Yudhiṣṭhira and Śrīkṛṣṇa. He made...
Nature and Art                Artistic expression covers an immense number of forms ranging from architecture and iconography to engraving and photography. The substratum of these myriad art forms is the human mind’s instinctive preference for exquisiteness over plainness. When the mind learns to feel elevated at the sight of the rich environment, the artistic impulse is born and manifests itself in an ever-expanding spiral. From the tendency to...
Karṇāṭaka Sāhitya Pariṣad is one of the most prominent public institutions of our state. The key objectives of this organization as envisioned by its founders were to refine the Kannada language, develop Kannada literature, and make the language and its literature useful for various day-to-day transactions as well as to facilitate the promotion of education and culture. An organization free from political interference, untouched by casteism or...