G. P. Rajarathnam

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G. P. Rajarathnam (1909–1979),[1] popularly known as Rajaratnam, was a Kannada writer and poet born to Tamil parents.


K. S. Nissar Ahmed, a prominent poet, said that Rajarathnam understood the minds of children, as well as what they needed.[2]

He found himself jobless after doing his MA, and stood in for his ailing father who was a Kannada teacher in a school.[citation needed] He was quite distressed to see the kind of poems in the Kannada syllabus for such small children.[citation needed] That evening, while he was sitting and thinking, a poem, "Bannada tagadina tutturi", came to him without his bidding. He was thrilled with it, and taught it to his students the next day, who loved it too. He then went around teaching it to all the children he knew, until finally, it came to a publisher's notice, who asked him to write a few more poems and published his first collection of children's songs.[citation needed]

Popular songs[edit]

  • "Bevarsi Nan Putnanji"
  • "Bhoomin Thabid"
  • "Brahma Ninge Jodusthini"
  • "Helkolokondoru"[3]
  • "Kyoyaad"
  • "Nangoonu endakke"
  • "Nee Nan attig beLkang idde nanji"
  • "Sumsumkene"
  • "Yanda Muttdaglella nange eno"
  • "Yanda Yandthi Kannad padagol andre"
  • "Ye Bevarsi nin hesre"


  1. ^ Modern Indian literature, an anthology. 2. New Delhi: Sahitya Akademi. 1992. p. 645. Retrieved 2010-01-02. 
  2. ^ "25 works of children's writer G.P. Rajarathnam released". The Hindu. 2008-03-22. Archived from the original on 2010-01-02. Retrieved 2010-01-02. 
  3. ^ "Create awareness on importance of reading books". The Hindu. 2007-07-09. Archived from the original on 2010-01-02. Retrieved 2010-01-02.