An exhibition of paintings, writings and song compositions of late Koothanda Parvathy Poovaiah (1913-1994) of Pollibetta, Kodagu, in commemoration of her centennial year, will be held at Suchitra Art Gallery in Kalamandira here on Sept. 21 and 22 from 11 am to 1 pm and 4 pm to 8 pm on both the days.

Star of Mysore Editor-in-Chief K.B. Ganapathy will inaugurate the expo at 11 am.

Pattamada Shanti Ganapathy, who has organised the exhibition in memory of her mother, said that Parvathy was the third daughter of Neravanda Nanjappa and Mayamma of Madikeri. The famous Kodava playwright Haridasa Appaneravanda Appacha Kavi was related to her mother. Parvathy would meet him often and hear him sing, thus influencing her artistic interests.

Parvathy had authored three books in Kannada: Kodagina Sannakathe mathu Kavanagalu (1976); Kodagina Kathegalu (Janapada-1977) and Bhugila Gonchalu (1980). Apart from this, she wrote articles and poems to Kodagu periodicals quite often.

Dr. Rekha Vasanth, professor in Kannada at Kavery College, Gonikoppal, has written a brief Biography of Parvathy, published in 2012 by Kannada Pusthaka Pradikara.

While at Queen Mary’s in Chennai to pursue her studies, Parvathy learnt to play veena. Parvathy, who got married to planter K. M. Poovaiah in 1935, was a great follower of Gandhiji’s philosophy, after she met him in Madikeri in early 1930s.

Courtesy : Star Of Mysore