Even State and national literary awards are getting contaminated with corruption thus demeaning their quality, regretted litterateur Dr. Hampa Nagarajaiah.

He was speaking after presenting Dr. Ragow award to critic Dr. Shivaramu Kadanakuppe at a prog. organised by Mandya Karnataka Sangha at Rajendra Bhavan in JSS Hospital premises here on Wednesday.

"Including Jnanpith award almost all Central literary awards are finalised through hectic lobbying and corrupt practices. On the contrary, awards like Ragow or any such instituted in honour of an individual has maintained its sanctity and quality qualified by the stature and calibre of the recipient like Shivaramu Kadanakuppe," said Dr. Hampana.

Presiding over the event, litterateur H.L. Keshavamurthy regretted that litterateurs too were getting demoralised by getting involved in corrupt activities.

Vidyavardhaka College's Hindi Professor G. Chandrashekar delivered the felicitation address. KSOU Professor Dr. A Rangaswamy was the chief guest. Dr. Hampana released two books authored by Dr. Shivaramu Kadanakuppe — 'Samajika nele' and 'Vinayaka: Ondu adhyayana.'

Karnataka Sangha President Jayaprakash Gowda, delivering the keynote address, disclosed that the Dr. Ragow award was instituted by the Sangh utilising the funds donated by the students of Dr. Ramegowda who turned 71 on Wednesday.

Addressing the gathering, the honouree Dr. Shivaramu Kadanakuppe reiterated that students should learn English despite studying in Kannada medium. In a philanthropic gesture, he donated the cash component of the award of Rs. 15,000 to Nrupathunga Kannada School in city which was received by the School Secretaries S.R. Sudarshan and Somashekar. Publisher D.N. Lokappa and Dr. Ramegowda were present.

Courtesy : Star Of Mysore