September 2021

निशुम्भभरनम्रोर्वीखर्विताः पर्वता अपि | यं नमन्तीव नृत्यन्तं नमामस्तं विनायकम् || [Owing to the crushing weight capable of bending even the earth, the mountains too seem to bow down, we salute that dancing Vināyaka] 1. Once, Naravāhanadatta ventured out for hunting along with his friend Gomukha and entered into the dense forest. Mesmerised by the divine music accompanied by vīṇā in the forest, they followed the direction of the music and...
Purna Krishna Rao was a councillor during the era of Dewan Rangacharlu. He was the very first councillor from Mysuru. He was born and brought up in Mysuru. I have heard from respectable people that he was scrupulously honest, sattvik and honourable. His son was Purna Raghavendra Rao. He was a preceptor to Maharaja Krishna Raja Wodeyar IV. Later, he was a huzur secretary. He was initially an excise commissioner during the time of Sir M....
Literary Feats At the behest of H. H. Krishnaraja Wodeyar IV, there was an āśu-kavitā competition held in 1925 at Mysore in which the participating poets had to compose poetry instantaneously on the topic of the overall development of the modern Mysore State. Sarma stood first in the competition in which over forty scholars participated. His creation—a campū-kāvya—known as ‘Śrī Mahiśūra-rājyābhyudayādarśaḥ,’ became famous in due course. It is...
Himalaya
ಕಾವ್ಯಕಲೆ ಸಕಲಮಾನವರಿಗೆ ಸಂತೋಷಕಾರಿಯೆಂಬ ತಥ್ಯವನ್ನು ತನ್ನದಾದ ನಿರುಪಮರೀತಿಯಲ್ಲಿ ಹೀಗೆ ಸಮರ್ಥಿಸುತ್ತಾನೆ: ಆವರ್ಣಶಕ್ತಿಗ್ರಹಮಾಪವರ್ಗಂ             ದುಃಖೈಕರೂಪಾ ವಿರಚಯ್ಯ ವಿದ್ಯಾಃ | ವಿಶ್ರಾಂತಿಹೇತೋಃ ಕವಿತಾಂ ಜನಾನಾಂ             ವೇಧಾಃ ಸದಾನಂದಮಯೀಂ ಕಿಮಾಧಾತ್ || (೧.೩೧) ವರ್ಣಮಾಲೆ-ವ್ಯಾಕರಣಗಳಿಂದ ಮೊದಲ್ಗೊಂಡು ಮೋಕ್ಷಶಾಸ್ತ್ರದವರೆಗೆ ಕಲಿಯಲು ತುಂಬ ಕಷ್ಟವಾದ ವಿದ್ಯೆಗಳನ್ನೆಲ್ಲ ರೂಪಿಸಿದ ಬಳಿಕ ಬ್ರಹ್ಮನು ಎಲ್ಲರಿಗೆ ಆನಂದವೀಯುವ ಚಿತ್ತಕ್ಕೆ ವಿಶ್ರಾಂತಿಕಾರಿಯಾದ ಈ ಸಾಹಿತ್ಯಕಲೆಯನ್ನು ಸೃಷ್ಟಿಸಿದನೇನೋ! ಮಿಕ್ಕೆಲ್ಲ...
ಸಾಹಿತ್ಯ-ಸಂಗೀತಗಳ ತೌಲನಿಕವ್ಯತ್ಯಾಸವನ್ನು ಕವಿಯು ಬಲ್ಲ: ಕರ್ಣಂ ಗತಂ ಶುಷ್ಯತಿ ಕರ್ಣ ಏವ             ಸಂಗೀತಕಂ ಸೈಕತವಾರಿರೀತ್ಯಾ | ಆನಂದಯತ್ಯಂತರನುಪ್ರವಿಶ್ಯ             ಸೂಕ್ತಿಃ ಕವೇರೇವ ಸುಧಾಸಗಂಧಾ || (೧.೧೭) ಕಿವಿಯನ್ನು ಹೊಕ್ಕ ಹಾಡು ಮರಳಿಗೆ ಬಿದ್ದ ನೀರಿನಂತೆ ಅಲ್ಲಿಯೇ ಬತ್ತುತ್ತದೆ. ಆದರೆ ಅಮೃತಸಮಾನವಾದ ಕವಿಸೂಕ್ತಿ ಅಂತರಂಗವನ್ನು ಹೊಕ್ಕು ಆನಂದವನ್ನೀಯುತ್ತದೆ. ನೀಲಕಂಠದೀಕ್ಷಿತನು ಬಹುಶಃ “ಸಂಗೀತವು ಆಪಾತಮಧುರ, ಸಾಹಿತ್ಯವಾದರೋ ಆಲೋಚನಾಮೃತ” ಎಂಬ ಪ್ರಸಿದ್ಧಸೂಕ್ತಿಯನ್ನು ನಚ್ಚಿಕೊಂಡು ಮೇಲಣ ಪದ್ಯವನ್ನು ಬರೆದಂತೆ ತೋರುತ್ತದೆ....
One day, the king was having his meal. Guṇaśarmā, who sat in his proximity refused to eat a certain dish which was brought to him by the cook. When asked the reason for his act, he said – ‘Even as I saw it, I came to know that it is filled with poison! You can test it by having it fed to someone else; I will then relieve him of poison and cure him!; When the king asked the cook to eat the particular dish, he fell unconscious upon eating....
Masti and DVG
Masti’s life was extremely organized; his work was meticulous, immaculate, and accurate; he kept a track of all his activities and an account of all his expenses. Once I happened to meet him in the bank and we got talking. He told me, “You know what, in the last forty years, I have spent —lakh and —thousand rupees for printing books. Until now, I have received —lakh and —thousand rupees from sales. I am left with books worth —lakhs.” Even his...