N.S.Lakshminarayan Bhatta speaks to Kannadigas in Atlanta
scholar, writer, critic, poet and an educator spoke at
Nrupathunga Kannada Koota forum on Saturday August 19.2006. Dr.
H.N.Ramaswamy organizer of the meeting while introducing the
illustrious writer, briefly outlined Dr. Bhatta’s writings.
Dr. Bhatta has been seen as T.S. Eliot of Karnataka. He is the
father of the modern “Bhavageethegalu”. His poems have been
popularized by many famous singers in Karnataka.
He spoke on the subject “why we need sahithya(literature)”. He
emphasized that the object of literature is to transform natural
mind into a cultured one. Language sometimes divides us but
literature unites us. Poem like “onde matharam” from Benagali
writer Bakim Chandra invoked the fever of independence movement
in India from all Indians. Richness in one language by
translation has enriched the literature in many Indian
languages. People gain more insight and knowledge through
literature, since the poet sees the ordinary things in
extraordinary ways because of the poet’s imagination and
creative skills. Dr. Bhatta elaborated on many poets such as
Valmiki, D.R. Bendre, Pampa and others who have through their
writings gave the glimpse of the insight of feelings in the
stories, poems and epics.
Dr. Bhatta has won several prestigious national awards for his
writings. He has also instilled in many young writers confidence
and has helped them to gain recognition.
Dr.Bhata coming from a very poor family, struggled during his
college days to meet his expenses. Those hardships have made him
to realize the value of love and care.
His lecture was well received and his two hours lecture left
indelible impressions and enlightened the audience with feelings
and richness of literature.
Mrs. Indira Ramaswamy, Beena Rao, Dr. Jaynthi Srinivasiah, Hema
Veedhalu sang a few of his poems and were helped by Mr.
Venkatesh Biligere with his keyboard.