Kannada Sahitya Sammelana at Chicago

The two day conference in Auroa, near Chicago, on May 19th and 20th 2007, was a well organized and well attended event. This is the third such conference in America, under the banner of Kannada Sahitya Ranga.

It always amazes me to see so much talent here. There are such wonderful Kannada writers in the US of A. The main aim of such conferences is to promote Kannada writing and writers in America.

Infact, there was an event where five books, written by five different writers residing in America were introduced and discussed in detail. Get this, these writers live in Missouri, DC area, Florida, California and Minnesota. All over the map, huh?

There was another event where 13 different writers from all over Karnataka presented their prose and poetry. This was very well conducted and most of the presentations were humorous, since the main theme of this conference was “Humor in Kannada literature”.

The guests of honor were Prof A.R.Mithra and Prof. H.S.Raghavendra Rao. Their speeches were educating, encouraging and presented excellent insights and ideas.

The conference also had music and drama by the local artistes. There was also a book exhibition where a lot of American writers sold their books.

I will try and write more about the event at leisure, if I get some time. Don’t count on it though :). This post is just an overview of the event.

Oh, and I have to admit that the Balaji temple in Aurora, Illinois is awesome, inside and out. Very well maintained and an excellent place for worship and community events. It is certainly one of the best temples I have seen in America.

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7 Comments on “Kannada Sahitya Sammelana at Chicago”

  1. Veena Says:

    I still remember those notes you wrote on saahity sammeLana that happened here. So its our turn to churns out odds from this one.
    Aa Ra Mitra is one of my favourites…
    Among the American writers, Guruprasad kaaginele writes some serious ones!, I like joshi’s write ups very breezy, free flowing and good..

    Nice to see all varieties coming up from you … with full josh.. hmm… keep it going!!

  2. mouna Says:

    aa ra mitra, his works are indeed funny!!

    it’s really nice to hear kannada literature propagated in the us of a.

  3. poornima Says:

    Good ,
    I kind of guessed who you are , the style of your poems is a very big hint. And you went to Chicago for sammELana. I am positive my guess is right.
    I wonder you have written any poem without the word “kanasu” (Well, I know just one !) 🙂

    Anyways,…. keep writing
    “ಕನಸ ಹಂಚುವ ಹುಡುಗ
    ಹಾಡ ನಿಲಿಸಬೇಡ “.


  4. They out source us jobs, we out source to them our language.
    Kannada is in its pathetic state in Bengalooru, but going guns in USA!!

    Thanks for the information DS.

  5. Vijay Says:

    DS: I remember the temple in Aurora.. very nice.. theres one in Ashland, MA thats quite good… havent been to both in years !!!

  6. Vijay Says:

    Oh by the way.. you are on blogroll 😉

  7. decemberstud Says:

    @ Veena:
    Yes, I will go one step further and say that perhaps Guru Kaginele is one of the best Kannada short story writers you can find today. He is brilliant, period. What I like about Joshi’s writings is his selection of topics. The freshness in topics is so great, he makes you wonder how he can come up with such good ones. Thansk for all the good words!!!

    @ Mouna:
    Yes, aa.raa.mitra’s works are funny. he is a good orator as well. And yes, Kannada literature is flourishing quite well in USA.

    @ Poornima:
    I am sure you know who I am 🙂 Yep, I just cannot get over the ‘kanasu’ or the ‘dream’ mode. The word itself is so beautiful, so is the feeling.

    @ Srik:
    LOL…..true to an extent. I see the bad state of affairs in Bengalooru, but not in any other cities in Karnataka.

    @ Vijay:
    Yep, I loved the Aurora temple. And to think that Livermore and Malibu temples were the greatest….Never been to Ashland before. As for the blogroll, thank you…LOL…or should I thank SB? 🙂


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