G. S. Shivarudrappa

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“Father, why don’t you have a thumb
on your right hand?” Out of curiosity
the little child asked one day.

From the innards of my heart, did I sing that day.
With such intent attention, had you heard what I did say.

Who knows since when it is working--
This clock;
Seconds, minutes, hours-- the hands mark
Night and day.

G. S. Shivarudrappa Biography

Dr. G.S. Shivarudrappa (Kannada: ಜಿ.ಎಸ್. ಶಿವರುದ್ರಪ್ಪ) is a Kannada poet, writer and researcher who was awarded the title of Rashtrakavi by the Government of Karnataka on November 1, 2006. Early Life G.S. Shivarudrappa was born in Shikaripura, in Shivamogga district of Karnataka. His father was a school teacher. He did his primary and secondary schooling in Shikaripura.by anoop.s.manikanta christ school 7th std Mr. Shivarudrappa who is a known "Navodaya" poet has made a lasting contribution to the Kannada literature. Born on February 7, 1926, Mr. Shivarudrappa has worked as a Kannada professor at the Maharaja College of Mysore and later at the Postgraduate Kannada Department of Bangalore University. He received the Central Sahitya Akademi Award in 1984 for his literary contribution. He has also bagged several awards including the Karnataka State Sahitya Academy and Soviet Land Nehru Award. He presided over the Akhil Bharatiya Kannada Sahitya Sammelana held in Davanagere in 1992. Education Shivarudrappa pursued his B.A. in 1949 and M.A. in 1953 from University of Mysore, having secured gold-medals on three occasions. He was a student and follower of Kuvempu and was heavily inspired by Kuvempu's literary works and life. In 1965, G.S. Shivarudrappa secured a doctorate for his thesis Soundarya Sameekshe (Kannada: ಸೌಂದರ್ಯ ಸಮೀಕ್ಷೆ), written under the guidance of Kuvempu. Professional Life Dr. G.S.S started his career in 1949 as a lecturer in Kannada language at the Mysore University. On receiving the invitation from Hyderabad's Osmania University in 1963, he joined that university as a reader and the head of the Kannada department. He continued to serve in Osmania University till 1966. In 1966, G.S.S joined the Bangalore University as a professor. He was later elected as the director of the university and he continued to contribute in Kannada Study Center (Kannada: ಕನ್ನಡ ಅಧ್ಯಯನ ಕೇಂದ್ರ) at the university. It was during his administration as a director that the department of Kannada in the university was converted to Kannada Study Center. Rashtrakavi Dr. G.S.S was honoured with the title of Rashtrakavi (Sanskrit for Poet of the Nation) by the Government of Karnataka during the Suvarna Karnataka (Golden Jubilee celebrations of Karnataka) occasion on November 1, the Kannada Rajyotsava day, 2006. He was the third Kannada poet to be honoured with this prestigious title of Rashtrakavi, after his mentor and guide Kuvempu, and Govinda Pai. Awards and Honours Soviet Land Nehru Award - 1973 Kendra Sahithya Academy Award - 1984 (for the work, Kaavyartha Chintana) Pampa Award - 1998 President of 61st All India Kannada Sahithya Sammelana, happened in Davanagere Karnataka Sahithya Academy Honorary Award - 1982 Nadoja Award from Kannada University Honorary Doctorate from Bangalore University and Kuvempu University Honoured as a Rashtrakavi (Poet of the Nation) - 2006 Sahitya Kala Kaustubha-2010)

The Best Poem Of G. S. Shivarudrappa

A Question And An Answer

“Father, why don’t you have a thumb
on your right hand?” Out of curiosity
the little child asked one day.

“It was offered to my God, son. That’s why
I miss that finger, that’s all.”

“Offered to God?
What kind of God was he to ask for your thumb?
Surely, He must be a very cruel one. Didn’t you feel
anything as you gave it away, Father?”

“You shouldn’t speak like that, son. God, after all, is God.”

“True, father, true. God didn’t ask for your life
instead of your finger. I must thank Him.
Maybe, your God is rather a good God.”

How shall I tell this child that
I didn’t give just my thumb but the whole of me?
Even to this day I haven’t understood
how much I gave or how much I retained.

[Translated from by O.L. Nagabhushana Swamy]

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Anusha 23 July 2019

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