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Tuesday, November 01, 2011

Kota Sivarama Karanth memorial


Kota Shivarama Karantha is a popular Kannada writer and Yakshagana specialist. He was born in Kota village in 1902 and passed away in 1997, just 5 years short of century, when I was in Madhya Pradesh. Shivarama Karanth was the 3rd Kannada writer to win prestigious Jnanapeetha award, primarily for his novel- Mookajjiya Kanasugalu.

Recently a small memorial has been inaugurated in Kota town in the name of Shivarama Karanth. Located at about 1 km from Kota bus stand, Dr. Shivarama Karanth memorial was readied at an expense of about 2 crores. It houses an amphitheatre, a library, a small garden with statue of Dr Shivarama Karantha and few other facilities.

We paid a visit to this place last week. Some work was still in progress. Couple of photos of the venue for your reference.

Below: Tata Aria listening to Mookajji (silent granny)


If you’re passing through Kota town on NH17 (now NH 66), do make a point to visit this place. Take help from locals for directions. (Left turn near Hire devastanam while coming from Udupi side)

4 comments :

Veerabhadram said...

Such a grand memorial for a poet!!.No wonder Kannada poets get more Jnana pith awards,looking at the admiration its people show on them.
Read long ago that the Russians keep fresh flowers at the memorial of Tolstoy everyday.This postreminds me that.

Shrinidhi Hande said...

Veerabhadram: Thanks. he was not just a poet but writer, yakshagana artist and much more

S said...

Wow. Thanks for the post. I have just begun reading Karanth in English translation and thoroughly enjoying it! Great to see the memorial in pictures!!

Shrinidhi Hande said...

S: Ok which one you're reading now?