Kannada Sangha of Christ University
is very instrumental in promoting and celebrating Kannada literature and
culture in and out of campus. It published its 231st book "Varakavi
D. R. Bendre Kaavyaartha Darshini" by Prof.Dr.B.B Rajapurohita.
Dr. Geeta Vasanth, poet, writer and
professor of Kannada, Tumkur University, reviewed the book. Reviewing the book
she said, Bendre's poetry has the strength to mesmerize anyone. One definitely
gets the "awe “relish, while reading his works especially his poetry.
Bendre was a born genius, a natural aesthete, poetry was his passion and he
She said, this book is written on
two backgrounds: one on cultural motive and another in the linguistic motive.
This technique helps us to understand Bendre better. Intensity in Bendre's language,
emotion and sensibility can be compared to that of Allamprabhu. The flavor of
folk is always there in Bendre's writings as he lived as a common man among
common people. Hence, his proximity level to livelihood is very high.
She added, Bendre was a seer and a philosopher. He was very spiritual and was
highly influenced by certain traditions such as Natha parampare and Datta
parampare. He always desired intoxication in poetry. Unification of
sensibility is the aim of poetry and his writings are prime examples for it. As
his works are suffused with folk and vernaculars, one should know about the
socio-cultural, linguistic background of Hubli-Dharwar region to inhale the original
fragrance of his poetry.
While speaking after being honored Author
Prof. Dr. B. B. Rajapurohita said that he had a very good connection with
Christ University and he is happy that it continued. He spoke about his
discipleship and family-friendship he had with D. R. Bendre.
He said Bendre was a great human, a magical wordsmith, a great reader. His
works are suffused with values, philosophy, spirituality, life experience and
aesthetic sensibility along with his brilliant craftsmanship, extraordinary wit
and legendary pun. He also mentioned about a few unique practices and hobbies
of Bendre. Dr.B.B. Rajapurohit donated few
of his books on grammar, linguistics, pragmatics and phonology to Christ University.
Dr. K. P. Bhat, retd. Professor of Kannada
gave the guest talk. He said Bendre was an eclectic, versatile scholar. He was
highly influenced by Lakshmeesha and Kumaravyasa in his style of writing and in
the use of language. Bendre before "Naadaleele" (his collection of
poems) seemed to be different from the Bendre after
He also said that Bendre is difficult to understand so
people, who have not read and understood him properly, tend to criticize
him. He also said “More and more works and research on Bendre and his literature
should come out because the more you try to conquer him the more he remains to
Chief Finance officer of Christ University,
Fr. Dr. Varghese presided over the function. He called upon the students to
develop sure taste and insisted them to develop the habit of reading and
M. T. Rathi,