Gopalakrishna Adiga

Gopalakrishna Adiga

Mogeri, Kundapura taluk, Udupi, Karnataka / India
Gopalakrishna Adiga
Mogeri, Kundapura taluk, Udupi, Karnataka / India
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Gopalakrishna Adiga Biography

Mogeri Gopalakrishna Adiga (Kannada: ಮೊಗೇರಿ ಗೋಪಾಲ ಕೃಷ್ಣ ಅಡಿಗ) was one of the majors figures in modern Kannada poetry. He is known as the "pioneer of New style" poetry.

Early Life

Born in an orthodox, scholarly, Brahmin family in the coastal village of Mogeri, Udupi district, in Karnataka State. After primary education in Mogeri and Ba ...

Gopalakrishna Adiga Poems

1.
My Lotus Red

A bright red lotus has bloomed today
To passers-by, what a fragrant Entree!
The wind, the bees, or the gentle spray:
Who needs an invitation to a party, eh?
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2.
Kupamanduka

Where are you now? Once hand in hand with me
You blew the sail, plump and round,
Got clearance at the checkposts, led me to distant lands, far off islands,
And then suddenly slipped out, and escaped.
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3.
Prayer

Lord,
plying the well-known pumps of heraldic praise
your hirelings bend double; others, gouty wagtails,
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4.
This Land Of Ours Now

Put this tree, dead in roots, erect,
Let the branches be as they are;
Collect the fallen leaves with choked feelings,
Boil them, prepare soup, and drink.
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5.
The Critic

Like a shadow you climbed the heights I climbed,
Crept into the lower depths I jumped,
Rubbing your wings to my wings you too flew towards the horizons I flew,
Explored, like me, new horizons; still,
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Gopalakrishna Adiga Comments

Bhagabat Prasad Hotta 31 October 2018

HE IS A GREAT POET........

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Laxminarayana V N 26 July 2017

Rich imagery is the hall mark of Adiga's Poetry

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Laxminarayana V N 26 July 2017

Most of the writers belonging to Navya school (modern poetry) and even the noted critics in Kannada have been college teachers, and professors. English literature and world literature in English translation influenced these writers and critics greatly. It started with M.Gopalakrishna Adiga. His poem entitled Bhoomi Geetha (the song of the earth) marked the beginning of the Navya school.

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Uttam Mukhopadhyay 22 September 2016

Fascinating imagery and powerful thoughts- some with reference to Indian religious texts and mythology. Interesting to know that he was a lecturer/professor in the English department of a college in India but wrote in his native Kannada. Jiban-ananda Das, superb Bengali poet, was a lecturer/professor in the English department of a college in India.

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