Authored By: Basavaraj Naikar
Year of Publication: 2019
|Pages: 290||Binding: Paperback(PB)|
Category: English Literature
|Price in Rs. 416.50||Price in (USA) $. 33.32|
The Sport of Allama, a religious and philosophical play by Basavaraj Naikar, delineates the broad conflict between sensuality and spirituality; bondage and liberation; this-worldliness and other-worldliness and attachment and detachment as seen in the lives of great mystics of twelfth century Karnataka like Allamaprabhu and Akkamahadevi.
The Golden Servant of God presentsthe interesting life of Kanakadasa, a saint of 16th century Karnataka. Although born in a shepherd community, he was instructed by Brahmin teachers in his boyhood. Though he was appointed as an Administrator of two divisions of Bada and Bankapura by Emperor, Sri Krisnadevaraya of Vijayanagara, he was disillusioned by the tragic events of his life. Consequently he renounced his worldly life and became a saint and served his favourite God Adikesava of Kaginele until his death.
The Pilgrim of Life depicts the interesting life of Sarif Sahebof Sisunala, a harbinger of harmony, also known as the ‘Kabirof Karnataka’ and ‘SarifSivayogi’ in the dramatic form for the benefit of non-Kannadaaudience. The adventurous readers may volunteer to translate it into other regional languages of India for a comparative picture of our great saints, sages, philosophers and songsters.
These plays enrich the realm of Indian English Drama and invite comparison with similar plays in the other languages of the world.
Basavaraj Naikar (1949-) M.A., Ph.D., D. Litt (California), Professor Emeritus and former Professor and Chairman of the Department of English at Karnatak University, Dharwad, INDIA, and a bilingual writer has published more than twenty books in Kannada.
Likewise he has published critical works like Sarvajna: The Omniscient Poet of Karnataka, Critical Articles on Nirad C. Chaudhuri, Shakespeare’s Last Plays: A Study of Epic Affirmation, The Folk-Theatre of North Karnataka, Kanakadasa: The Golden Servant of Lord Hari, Critical Response to Indian English Literature, Perspectives on Commonwealth Literature, Indian Literature in English Translation, The Glimpses of Indian Literature in English Translation, The Literary Vision, The Dramatic Imagination andNiradChaudhuri as a Critic of Modern Culture.
He has published English translations like Musings of Sarvajna, Beloved Poems, Fall of Kalyana, SangyaBalya: A Tale of Love and Betrayal, The Holy Water, The Vacanas of Sarvajna, The Frolic Play of the Lord (Tr. of PrabhulingaLile,) Collected Short Stories of Kuvempu and Sri KrisnaParijata.
He has edited Sparrows, Desert Blooms, Vatsalya,Sandalwood, Indian Response to Shakespeare, Indian English Literature (Nine Volumes) and Collected Poetry of T.R.Rajasekharaiah. He has published several research articles and reviews in national and international journals. He regularly reviews Indian books for World Literature Today, U.S.A.
His first short story collection entitled The Thief of Nagarahalli and Other Stories (Writers’ Workshop, Calcutta) was short-listed for the Commonwealth Fiction Prize for the Best First Book from Eurasia in 2000. His second collection The Rebellious Rani of Belavadi and Other Stories was well received by critics. His Light in the House, a philosophical novel deals with the life and mission of Sharif Saheb of Sisunala, an apostle of communal harmony between Hindus and Muslims. His The Queen of Kittur and Rayanna, the Patriot and Other Novellas and Bird in the Sky deal with historical, legendary and religious themes.
He has won the Gulbarga University Award, the Olive Reddick Award from Hyderabad, the Gemini Academy Award from Panipat and the Vasudeva Bhupalam Award and Kuvempu Bhasha Bharati Book Award and Life Time Achievement Award, Bengaluru for his contribution to literature. He has a passion for music and philosophy.