P. T. Narasimhachar (Pu Ti Na)
Kamat's Potpourri
Kamat's Potpourri
Born(1905-03-17)17 March 1905
Melukote, Pandavapura taluk, Mandya district, Karnataka
Died13 October 1998(1998-10-13) (aged 93)
Bangalore, Karnataka
Pen namePu Ti Na (ಪು ತಿ ನ)
OccupationWriter, poet
NationalityIndia
GenreFiction
Literary movementKannada: Navodaya

Purohita Thirunarayana Narasimhachar (17 March 1905 – 23 October 1998), commonly known as PuTiNa, was a playwright and poet in the Kannada language. Along with, Kuvempu and D. R. Bendre, he forms the well-known trio of Kannada Navodaya poets.[1] He is a Sahitya Akademi fellow and the a winner of the Pampa Award, awarded by the Government of Karnataka in 1991.[2]

Life and career

PuTiNa was born on 17 March 1905 into an orthodox Iyengar family in the town of Melkote in Mandya district of Karnataka.[3]

Apart from being a writer, PuTiNa also worked in the army of Mysore state and later in the legislature of the Government of Mysore state.[4] He passed away on 23 October 1998.[citation needed]

Literary contributions

PuTiNa was one of the catalysts of the Navodaya style of Kannada literature. According to Lakshminarayana Bhat, "At a broader level, the growth of the Navodaya style of literature resembles the growth of the writings of PuTiNa".[5] In his first collection of poems Hanathe, he conveys profound insights into significant moments in life by using a simple language and style. Many of PuTiNa's writings detail the beauty and majesty of nature, bordering on the spiritual.[6] Two of his well-known writings are Ahalye, which subtly narrates the conflict between kama and dharma, and Gokula Nirgamana, which narrates the departure of Krishna from Gokula.[7] PuTiNa's essays reflect his dominant poetic personality.[8]

Awards and recognitions

PuTiNa's awards and recognitions include:

  • Collection of poems

    • Hanate
    • Mandaliru
    • Sharadayaamini
    • Hrudaya vihari
    • Ganesha darshana
    • Rasa Sarasvati
    • Maley Degula
    • Irula Meragu
    • Haley Chiguru – Hosa Beru
    • Raaga raagini
    • honala haadu

    Musical dramas

    • Vasanta Chandana
    • Seeta Kalyana
    • Ahalye
    • Gokula Nirgamana
    • Shabari
    • Doniya Binada
    • Vikatakavi
    • Ramapatabisheka

    Collection of stories

    • Ramachariya Nenapu
    • Rathasaptami and other stories
    • Sri Rama Pattabhiskekham
    • Hamsa Damayanti
    • Eechalu marad kelage

    Notes

    1. ^ K. M. George (1992), p642
    2. ^ P. T. Narasimhachar (2001), Back cover
    3. ^ "Birth centenary of PuTiNa". ThatsKannada.com.
    4. ^ "House of PuTiNa at Melkote is a cultural icon". ThatsKannada.com. Retrieved 21 March 2009.
    5. ^ "An analysis of Pu. Ti. Narasimhachar's work". OurKarnataka.com. Retrieved 21 March 2009.
    6. ^ K. M. George (1992), p174
    7. ^ Sisir Kumar Das (1995), p766
    8. ^ Amaresh Datta (1988), p1220
    9. ^ "Padma Awards" (PDF). Ministry of Home Affairs, Government of India. 2015. Retrieved 21 July 2015.

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