K V Subbanna honoured with State Sahitya Akademi Award
Mr Subbanna said that he felt awkward receiving the award, but never proud or arrogant. He said that all that he has written has come from the community itself.
Well-known critic, theatre activist, writer and thinker K V Subbanna was presented with the honourary award of the Karnataka State Sahitya Akademi for the year 2003 at a simple and informal ceremony in Ninasam, Heggodu in Sagar taluk on Thursday.
Responding to the award conferred upon him, Mr K V Subbanna said that awards make him feel awkward, but never proud and arrogant, because all that he has written comes from the wisdom of the community.
He said that he feels awkward to receive an award for achievement in literature because he has not single-mindedly devoted himself to one art form. He said that he felt humble to remember many writers who have devoted an entire lifetime to literature or to one form of literature. Commenting on the wisdom of the community, Mr Subbanna said that in the last fifty years, the community of the common unlettered people has demonstrated its wisdom even in the field of politics. Despite all the shortcomings, the people have preserved a democratic system. The same wisdom can be seen in the way they have received literature and the arts, he said.
He expressed his gratitude to the president and members of the Sahitya Akademi and said that he could not receive the award at the academy programme organised at Mandya because of weak health though he would have been happy to do so.
Writer Dr Rajendra Chenni said that, decades ago, Mr Subbanna evolved a way of writing which cannot be categorised as only literary criticism or cultural analysis. In a natural style, without any intellectual arrogance or theoretical jargon, Subbanna had given insights into works of Kannada literature and helped generations of readers to see the inseparable relationship between literature and its social context. He mentioned Subbanna's critical interpretations of Kalidasa, Kuvempu, Ananthamurthy and Pu Thi Na as examples of the highest form of criticism which the Kannada tradition had aspired for and achieved only now and then.
Registrar of the Akademi Mallikarjuna Swamy said that the akademy was very happy and proud to confer the award on K V Subbanna in recognition of his multi faceted contribution to literature and culture.
Eminent critic T P Ashok, well-known theatre director K V Akshara were present.