He was always open to criticism: writer
U.R. Ananthamurthy was always open to criticism and welcomed any fresh thought or innovative analysis, recalled writer Ja.Ho. Narayanaswamy here on Saturday.
Mr. Narayanaswamy was speaking at a condolence meeting organised by the Hassan district Kannada Sahitya Parishat to for Ananthamurthy.
“Often, I have made critical comments on Ananthamurthy’s literary works and his association with politicians. When he was the chairperson of Akhila Bharat Kannada Sahitya Sammelan at Tumkur, I had criticised his works in strong words. But, he never took my views personally. Today, we have lost a great personality with whom we could engage in a debate, despite differences,” he said.
A.C. Munivenkate Gowda, who runs a nursing home at Hassan, said that Ananthamurthy had spent a few years in Hassan, when he was a lecturer in the Government First Grade College here. “I had acquainted myself with him then. Later, when S. Manjesh Gowda contested Lok Sabha elections as a Janata Party candidate in 1977, Ananthamurthy came here to campaign for Mr. Gowda. Whenever we met, he used to recall the days he had spent in Hassan,” he said.
Banu Mushtaq, writer, said Ananthamurthy kept the tradition of debate alive throughout his career as a writer and an intellectual. “It looks like Bhishma of Mahabharata, Ananthamurthy too chose the time of his death. Earlier, he had said that he would not wish to live in Narendra Modi-led India and he kept his words,” she said.
H.L. Janardana, president of Hassan district Kannada Sahitya Parishat, and others attended.