S. L. Bhyrappa

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S.L. Bhyrappa

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BornSanteshivara Lingannaiah Bhyrappa
(1931-08-20) 20 August 1931 (age 89)
Santeshivara, Hassan district, Karnataka, India
OccupationWriter, Novelist, Professor
NationalityIndia
GenreFiction, History
SubjectPhilosophy, History, Aesthetics
Notable awardsSahitya Akademi Award
Saraswati Samman
Padma Shri award
Sahitya Akademi Fellowship
National Research Professor
Website
slbhyrappa.in

Santeshivara Lingannaiah Bhyrappa (born 26 July 1931) is an Indian novelist, philosopher and screenwiter who writes in Kannada. His work is popular in the state of Karnataka and he is widely regarded as one of modern India's popular novelists.[1] His novels are unique in terms of theme, structure, and characterization.[2] He has been among the top-selling authors in the Kannada language and his books have been translated into Hindi and Marathi which have also been sellers.[3]

Bhyrappa's works do not fit into any specific genre of contemporary Kannada literature such as Navodaya, Navya, Bandaya, or Dalita, partly because of the range of topics he writes about. His major works have been at the center of several heated public debates and controversies.[4] He was awarded the 20th Saraswati Samman in 2010.[5] In March 2015, Bhyrappa was awarded the Sahitya Akademi Fellowship.[6] The Government of India awarded him with the civilian honour of the Padma Shri in 2016.[7]

Biography[edit]

Early life[edit]

S L Bhyrappa was born at Santeshivara, a village in the Channarayapatna taluk of Hassan district, about 162 kilometres (101 mi) from Bangalore. He lost his mother and brothers to Bubonic plague in his early childhood and took on odd jobs to pay for his education. During his childhood, he was influenced by the writings of Gorur Ramaswamy Iyengar.

Bhyrappa completed his primary education in Channarayapatna taluk before moving to Mysore where he completed the rest of his education. In his autobiography, Bhitti (Wall) he wrote that he took a break during his high school education. Bhyrappa impulsively quit school, following his cousin's advice and wandered for a year with him. His sojourn led him to Mumbai, where he worked as a railway porter. In Mumbai he met a group of sadhus and joined them to seek spiritual solace. He wandered with them for a few months before returning to Mysore to resume his education[citation needed].

Education[edit]

Bhyrappa attended Navodaya High School, Channarayapatna, Sharada Vilas High School, Mysore. He earned a B.A (Hons) – Philosophy (Major), at Mysore University and earned an M.A in Philosophy as well as being awarded the gold medal by Mysore University. He earned a Doctor of Philosophy – Satya mattu Soundarya (Truth and Beauty) written in English, at Maharaja Sayajirao University of Baroda.[8]

Career[edit]

S L Bhyrappa was a Lecturer of Philosophy at Sri Kadasiddheshwar College, Hubli; Sardar Patel University in Gujarat; NCERT, Delhi; and the Regional College of Education, Mysore from which he retired in 1991. Bhyrappa has two sons and lives with his wife in Mysore.

Bhyrappa' works are published in English, Kannada, and Sanskrit, and taught in Indian Studies and Western Philosophy courses.[8]

Works[edit]

Starting with Bheemakaya, first published in 1958, Bhyrappa has authored twenty four novels in a career spanning more than five decades. Vamshavruksha, Tabbaliyu Neenade Magane, Matadana and Nayi Neralu were made into films that received critical acclaim. Vamshavruksha has received the Kannada Sahitya Academy Award in 1966 and Daatu (Crossing Over) received both the Kannada and the Kendra Sahitya Academy awards in 1975.[9] Parva, the most critically acclaimed of all his novels narrates the social structure, values and mortality in the epic of Mahabharata very effectively. Bhyrappa reconstructs the Mahabharatha from sociological and anthropological angle, through metaphors in this novel.[10].Tantu, a Kannada novel was published in 1993.Tantu ( meaning 'cord' or 'links') means relations or links between human emotions. This book was translated into English in the year 2010 by Niyogi Books.

Popularity[edit]

Many of Bhyrappa's novels have been translated into other Indian languages and English.[1] Bhyrappa has been one of the best-selling authors in Kannada for the past twenty-five years, and translations of his books have been best sellers for the past eight years in Marathi and in the past five years in Hindi.[3]

Most of his novels have been reprinted several times. His recently printed novel Aavarana, was sold out even before its release. The novel went on to create a record in Indian literary circles with ten reprints within five months of its publcation.[11] His latest novel Yaana (Jjourney), was released in August 2014. All of his novels are published by Sahitya Bhandara in Hubli, Karnataka.

Controversies[edit]

Bhyrappa was the center of several controversies because of his themes and positions on sensitive issues.[4] Some of his prominent novels (such as Vamshavruksha, Tabbaliyu Neenaade Magane, Parva, and Saartha) have strong roots in ancient Indian philosophical tradition, thus inviting severe criticism from Navya writers and from others. Bhyrappa supported N. R. Narayana Murthy when he was criticized by the media and the public regarding the controversy over playing an instrumental version of the national anthem at an important occasion. He also backed N. R. Narayana Murthy regarding the Kaveri issue saying riots and protests are not going to solve the problem.[12] Bhyrappa had a debate with Girish Karnad in the publication Vijaya Karnataka regarding the religious tolerance of 18th century Mysore ruler Tippu Sultan. In Bhyrappa's novel Aavarana, he accuses Tippu Sultan of being a religious fanatic who could not stand Hindus in his court. Bhyrappa had substantiated the argument based on several historic sources written in India during Tippu Sultan's rule. One of the issues Bhyrappa raised was the usage of the Persian word bin (which is used to refer to a person as a "son of") in the Government of Karnataka records even during modern times. This practice started during Tippu Sultan's rule, which according to Bhyrappa was one of the several methods used to enforce Islamic rule on Hindus. The book discusses other methods used by Tippu Sultan to convert Hindus to Islam. Bhyrappa backs his claims with historical references. This was criticized by Girish Karnad, who portrays Tippu Sultan as a secular ruler in his plays. Bhyrappa accused Karnad of giving an inaccurate account of Tippu Sultan in his plays.

U.R. Ananthamurthy was a prominent critic of Bhyrappa's novels. Bhyrappa has documented his debate with Ananthamurthy in Bhitti, as well as in a few essays in his book Naaneke Bareyuttene. Bhyrappa's more recent novel Avarana brings out historical information about what Islamic rule did to ancient Indian social and cultural life. This has stirred a major controversy. There have been accusations leveled at Bhyrappa of being a Hindu fundamentalist who wants to divide society on the basis of history, an allegation which Bhyrappa anticipated and tried to refute by referring to notable sources.[13] Ananthamurthy criticized Bhyrappa and his works, calling Aavarana "dangerous". Ananthamurthy accused Bhyrappa of being more of a debater than a storyteller. "He doesn't know what Hindu religion stands for" and "does not know how to write novels". [14] However Bhyrappa claims that the novel was result of his search for truth and there was no ulterior motive behind the novel. He urged critics to study the reference books mentioned in the novel before arriving at any conclusion about it.[15]

National awards[edit]

State awards[edit]

Bibliography[edit]

Novels[edit]

Autobiography[edit]

Criticism[edit]

Short stories[edit]

His short story "Avva" was published in the Kasturi magazine and it's considered as his maiden short story.

Translations[edit]

  • Dharmashree : Sanskrit, Marathi
  • Vamshavruksha : Telugu, Marathi, Hindi, Urdu, English
  • Nayi-Neralu : Gujarati, Hindi
  • Tabbaliyu Neenade Magane : Hindi
  • Gruhabhanga : All 14 scheduled languages of India, English
  • Nirakarana : Hindi
  • Daatu : All 14 scheduled languages of India, English
  • Anveshana : Marathi, Hindi
  • Parva : Telugu, Marathi, Hindi, Bengali, Tamil, English
  • Nele : Hindi
  • Sakshi : Hindi, English
  • Anchu : Marathi, Hindi
  • Tantu : Marathi, Hindi
  • Sartha : Sanskrit, Marathi, Hindi, English
  • Aavarana : Sanskrit, Marathi, Hindi, Tamil, English
  • Naneke Bareyuttene : Marathi, English
  • Satya mattu Soundarya : English
  • Bhitti : Marathi, Hindi
  • Mandra : Marathi, Hindi, English

Adaptations[edit]

Films[edit]

Television series[edit]

  • Gruhabhanga
  • Daatu (Hindi)

See also[edit]

Footnotes[edit]

  1. ^ a b "S L Bhyrappa". Online Webpage of India book club. The India Club. Archived from the original on 10 July 2007. Retrieved 23 June 2007.
  2. ^ "Novelist S.L. Bhyrappa". Vikas Kamat on Kamat's Potpourri. Kamat's Potpourri. Archived from the original on 6 October 2007. Retrieved 22 June 2007.
  3. ^ a b "Personalities of Mysore". Online Webpage of Dasara Committee. Mysore city corporation. Archived from the original on 26 August 2007. Retrieved 22 June 2007.
  4. ^ a b "Still on top of the charts". Online webpage of The Hindu. Chennai, India: The Hindu. 28 January 2005. Archived from the original on 26 March 2007. Retrieved 22 June 2007.
  5. ^ "Eminent Kannada Author S. L. Bhyrappa awarded 20th Saraswati Samman for His Novel Mandra". jagranjosh.com. Archived from the original on 31 August 2019. Retrieved 30 January 2020.
  6. ^ a b "Sahitya Akademi elects S L Bhyrappa, C Narayana Reddy as fellows". NetIndian. Archived from the original on 15 March 2015. Retrieved 9 March 2015.
  7. ^ "Padma Awards 2016". Press Information Bureau, Government of India. 2016. Archived from the original on 29 March 2019. Retrieved 2 February 2016.
  8. ^ a b "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 31 August 2019. Retrieved 31 August 2019.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  9. ^ "Sahitya Akademi Awards 1955–2005". Online Webpage of Sahitya Academy. Sahitya Academy of India. Archived from the original on 11 December 2007. Retrieved 23 June 2007.
  10. ^ "Bhyrappa to receive Deraje Award". Online Webpage of The Hindu. Chennai, India: The Hindu. 10 February 2007. Archived from the original on 1 October 2007. Retrieved 10 July 2007.
  11. ^ "Bhyrappas work speaks volumes; goes for 10th edition". Online Webpage of Deccan Herald. Deccan Herald. Archived from the original on 13 June 2007. Retrieved 23 June 2007.
  12. ^ "I stand by NRN: Bhyrappa". Online Webpage of Deccan Herald. Deccan Herald. Archived from the original on 29 September 2007. Retrieved 22 June 2007.
  13. ^ "Masks of untruth". Online Webpage of The Hindu. Chennai, India: The Hindu. 8 June 2007. Archived from the original on 22 June 2007. Retrieved 22 June 2007.
  14. ^ Bhyrappa a debater, not a story-teller, says URA Archived 3 December 2007 at the Wayback Machine Deccan Herald – 28 May 2007
  15. ^ "Bhyrappa hits out at critics". Online Webpage of The Hindu. Chennai, India: The Hindu. 5 June 2007. Archived from the original on 30 September 2007. Retrieved 22 June 2007.
  16. ^ "Archived copy". Retrieved 26 January 2020.
  17. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 28 January 2016. Retrieved 25 January 2016.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  18. ^ "Saffron' authors, ex-BJP MLC get top research post". Archived from the original on 3 April 2015. Retrieved 26 February 2015.
  19. ^ "Bhyrappa chosen for Nrupatunga award".
  20. ^ "Award for Dr. SL Bhyrappa". Archived from the original on 24 April 2017. Retrieved 30 April 2017.
  21. ^ "Mysore varsity doctorate for Premji, Bhyrappa, Nagathihalli Chandrashekar". Archived from the original on 19 October 2015. Retrieved 21 April 2015.
  22. ^ "Highs and lows". Archived from the original on 2 April 2015. Retrieved 1 March 2015.
  23. ^ "Mysore: Writer S L Bhyrappa Chosen for Rare Honour". Archived from the original on 7 April 2014. Retrieved 1 April 2014.
  24. ^ "T Bhyrappa given NTR literary award". Online Webpage of The Hindu. Chennai, India: The Hindu. 29 May 2007. Archived from the original on 13 December 2007. Retrieved 22 June 2007.
  25. ^ "Varsity honours Bhyrappa, Nagappa and Wadavati".
  26. ^ "Change education system to protect literature: Bhyrappa". Online Webpage of The Hindu. Chennai, India: The Hindu. 21 January 2006. Archived from the original on 1 October 2007. Retrieved 22 June 2007.
  27. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 9 June 2018. Retrieved 5 March 2018.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)

References[edit]

  • Bhitti (Canvas) by S.L. Bhyrappa, an autobiography
  • Naaneke Bareyuttene by S.L. Bhyrappa, a collection of essays about writing
  • S. L. Bhyrappa Badaku-Baraha by Nagaraj Neeragunda on S.L. Bhyrappa's life and works

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