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‘Growing Up Karanth’ is a personal sketch of Shivarama Karanth’s life as remembered by his children #IndiaNEWS
The blurb and Introduction to the book Growing Up Karanth has several distinguished historians, diplomats, industrialists eulogising the polyglot Shivarama Karanth (1902-1997) for the range of their cultural interests and achievements. The book is written by his three children, varied and distinguished professionals themselves (one a wildlife biologist, another a clinical psychologist, and the third an Odissi dancer). As it is a book written by children (who are now in their seventies), it is expectedly richer from the perspective of an intimate, affectionate portrait, rather than that of a comprehensive survey of a life and milieu.In Karnataka, Karanth is revered as a writer of many genres – with an astonishing output of forty-five novels, thirty one plays, over two hundred books for children, nine autobiographical writings, thirteen books on fine arts, a Kannada dictionary, nearly twenty popular science books and so on. He won the coveted Jnanpith award in 1977. Beyond the written word, he engaged seriously with film and publishing, and his work with the performative art of Yakshagana is particularly noteworthy. It is this engagement with a totality of art-forms – and his indefatigable effort at publicising, publishing, “nationalising? it (taking it beyond Karnataka) that frequently lead to Karanth being compared...Read more


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