Academy’s Literature Magazine Comes Back to Life

The quarterly Aniketana is out after a four-year gap, with selections from Kannada writing in English translation

Published: 30th September 2014 06:02 AM  |   Last Updated: 30th September 2014 06:02 AM   |  A+A-

BANGALORE : Karnataka Sahitya Academy has revived its quarterly journal Aniketana. The journal is published in two editions: Kannada and English.

"It is a happy moment as we are publishing Aniketana after four years. It was started as Chandana when G S Shivarudrappa was the chairman," Malati Pattanashetti, academy chairperson, told City Express.

She described Aniketana as a serious journal focusing on translation. "We hope the reach of Kannada literature becomes wider and we have new readers joining our fold," she said.

The academy intends to popularise the journal in a big way, and will soon launch a publicity drive. “We want to fill the need for translation journals,” Pattanashetti said.

Each edition of the journal will focus on a theme. In the latest edition, Anketana's English version focuses on the rural imagination in Kannada literature.

Editor Deepa Ganesh said, "The subject is vast and the selection representative. Our idea is to generate interest and curiosity among those who want to know about Kannada literature through English.”

“A young and vibrant team of translators has worked for these issues. We aim to reach out to young readers and bring out theme-based issues," she said.

The issue has poetry selections from Pampa's Vikramarjuna Vijaya, S R Ekkundi (The Warrior and the Woman), D R Bendre (Mother Earth's Eldest Son), T P Kailasam (It is a Long, Long Way to Tipparahalli) and Kuvempu (The Saint Who Carries A Plough).

It also features essays by Belagere Krishna Shastri (All Are Mukundooru Swamis), Goruru Ramaswamy Iyengar (Connoisseurs of My Village), M R Srinivasamurthy (Ranganna's Dream Days), and Yashwanta Chittal (Hanehalli, God and I). Classic short stories, such as Ananda's The Girl I Killed and Mirji Annaraya Beera's Well, are also in the latest Aniketana. Basavarj Kalgudi has written on Dynamics of the Rural in Kannada Literature and veteran critic G S Amur has paid tribue to late novelist Yashwanta Chittal.

The Kannada version of Aniketana, edited by writer Lakshmipathy Kolara, has selections from Urdu (Ismat Chugtai), Oriya (Seetakant Mahapatra), Bengali (Rabindranath Tagore and Taslima Nasrin), and Malayalam (M T Vasudevan Nair), with additional articles on the freedom of women and Gandhian ideals.

Aniketana is priced at `30 and the annual subscription is `100. A life subscription comes for `300. Contact Registrar C H Bhagya at Karnataka Sahitya Academy, Kannada Bhavan, J C Road, Bangalore. Phone: 080-2221 1730.

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