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These kind of polls will not serve the purpose. Ask the voters who voted in this poll, did they read Kambar's works?
It is not good trend. It should not happen.
Byrappa is more deserving
Congradulations! One more feather to Kannada and Karnataka. We got another jnanapit award. Dr. Kambara is one of the great writer in kannada. He is all-rounder. He is a poet, dramatist, actor, Novelist, small Story writer, Singer and Researcher. So, he deserve for Jnanapit Award.
D.V.G’s reply to a letter by Sri N. Raghunathan(retired The hindu editor) about not getting GNANA PEETHA AWARD...
Dear friend ,
Your kind letter.
My book in question called “Manku Timmana Kagga”.
Manku means “the dull”.Thimma is acountry bumpkin.Kagga is “a rigmarole”.Alliteratively speaking,it is afoggy fools forrago.
What wonder that it does not win a prize! What wonder if it won one!
Since you have taken it rather seriously,let me add that the little book contains a series of metrical lubrications on life and destiny in a semi-mocking vein.
It was first published in 1943, in a cheap unpretentious form, and i did not either seek or expect any tremendous reception for it.It has however gone through four editions and sold about 16,000 copies.Though this does not mean a sumptious bank account, it affords some moral consolation, and that is enough for me.Why do i want lakh of rupees? Do i not look well-fed?
For good work for the public, money will no doubt be usefull.But if it has God’s approval, God will provide the means at the proper time.That is your faith and mine.No need to worry –then.The idea of competative prizes for literature is basically absurd.My whole nature raises in revolt against it. Valmiki and Vyasa and Potana and Tyagaraja are our ideals.Did they compete for anybodies favours?
I was a Government-nominated member of the Central executive of the Sahitya Akka Dummy of Delhi for 3 or 4 years, and then i resigned from it out of disgust.When in it, I protested against the proposal of annual rewards to writers.That would demoralise writers, creats bad blood, and bring falsehood into the book-world.
I protested also against the Madras scheme of National Poets for every year. C.R.scrapped it when he took charge as chief minister.
It is carrying the absurdity to its extremity to think of a comparitive evaluation of books in two different languages.
Even when two of same merit are in the same language-one Drama, and the other a philosophial essay,-how can you compare their merits? Each may be of superlative merit in its own genre.This difficulty is increased enormously when you are asked to judge as between Tamil drama and a Telgu philosophical essay.
And every one knows that judgement in literature and art is subjective and private. Where are you going to find judges whose competence may not be questioned and whose vote will be convincing to others?
The best way in which a Government or Gnana Peetha can help literature materically is for it to buy a thousand copies of abook of merit and distribute the copies among schools etc. Competative prizes bear the odour of politics.
Sri N. Ranganathan Avargal,
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