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July 2018

ಇತಿವೃತ್ತ “ಇತಿವೃತ್ತ”ವೆಂದರೆ ಕಥಾವಿಸ್ತರವೆಂದು ಸ್ಥೂಲವಾಗಿ ಹೇಳಬಹುದು. ಯಾವುದೇ ತೆರನಾದ (ದೃಶ್ಯ ಅಥವಾ ಶ್ರವ್ಯ) ಕಾವ್ಯದಲ್ಲಿ ಕಥಾತಂತುವೊಂದಿರಬೇಕಷ್ಟೆ. ಅದು ಇತಿವೃತ್ತವೇ ಆಗಿದೆ. ಈ ಸುದೀರ್ಘತಂತುವನ್ನು ಕೃತಿಕಾರನು ತನ್ನ ಭಾವ-ಬುದ್ಧಿಗಳ ಮಗ್ಗದಲ್ಲಿ ಅಳವಡಿಸಿ ಕಾವ್ಯವಸ್ತ್ರವನ್ನು ನೇಯುತ್ತಾನೆ. ಭರತನು ನಾಟ್ಯದ ಶರೀರವೇ ಇತಿವೃತ್ತವೆಂದು ಒಕ್ಕಣಿಸಿದ್ದಾನೆ (೧೯.೧). ಅಭಿನವಗುಪ್ತನು ಇದನ್ನು ವಿವರಿಸುತ್ತ, ಇತಿವೃತ್ತರೂಪಿಯಾದ ಕಥೆಯು ಶರೀರವಾದರೆ ರಸವೇ ಆತ್ಮವೆಂದು ನಮ್ಮ ಆಲಂಕಾರಿಕಲೋಕಕ್ಕೆ ಪ್ರಿಯವಾದ ಆತ್ಮ-ಶರೀರಗಳ ರೂಪಕವನ್ನು ವಿಸ್ತರಿಸುತ್ತಾನೆ. ಮಾತ್ರವಲ್ಲ, ಇತಿವೃತ್ತವು ಕಾವ್ಯದ ರೂಪ—ಅರ್ಥಾತ್, ಶಬ್ದಮಯಶರೀರ—ಎಂದು ಸಮೀಕರಿಸಿ ಇಂಥ

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Kalhana in his Rajatarangini (11th Century CE) has written about Chandrapida, the ruler hailing from the Karkota dynasty. He was renowned for delivering justice as well as for his extraordinary valour. Chandrapida (6th Century CE) decided to build the Narayana Temple in Parihasapura (today’s Paraspore). The land where the temple was proposed

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It was night-time. Sometime during 1914-15. Venkatanaranappa visited my house and said, “I had been to Mysore the day before yesterday to attend the senate meeting. Mirza saheb[1] was there. He is a senate member and an old disciple of mine. He was seated next to me and he asked

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In an earlier episode, while discussing the revival of modern Kannada, we reminisced about Mysore’s GTA, the university graduates’ association. One among the main people driving the association was M L Shreekantesha Gowda. Soon after completing his B.A., B.L., he got a job in the government’s Judicial Department. For a few

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Avadhānam is an ancient art/sport of India. It involves extempore creation of metrical verses on a variety of topics under myriad aesthetic constraints. It is a quintessential representative of that defining trait of all Indian classical arts – spontaneity. “Cittaikāgryam avadhānam,” “Avadhānam is the focusing of the mind” is its

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From what I’ve heard, Sri Vasudeva Sastri hailed from Doddaballapura. His Highness the Maharaja of Mysore bestowed upon him the title of “Vidyanidhi” (literally: Treasure of Knowledge). Perhaps he was the first in a line of scholars to receive the “Vidyanidhi” honorific. He also earned renown as “Jaganmithya” Vasudeva Sastri.

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