The younger generation should stop entertaining the visual media, which are indulged in denouncing our culture and instead should recite ashtothara and mantras to imbibe good culture, opined litterateur Prof. Maleyur Guruswamy.

He was speaking after releasing Prof. Shivarajappa’s book “Mahatma Sri Gurumalleshwara Ashtothara Shatanamavali Mattu Artha Vishleshane” at a function jointly organised by Sri Hosamutt Nataraja Pratishtana, District Kannada Sahitya Parishat and District Sharana Sahitya Parishat at Hosamutt’s Nataraja auditorium here yesterday.

“In the earlier times, people used to recite ashtothara after waking up in the morning. But most of the youth today are attracted to the visual media and are inspired by globalisation. Besides, the youth today wake up late, thus having no time to carry out their daily chores, let alone recite the mantras,” he regretted.

Prof. Guruswamy also advised the youth to practice yoga and read ashtothara books for maintaining a healthy mind and body.

Prof. C.G. Ushadevi, HoD of Kannada, Vidyodaya First Grade College, T. Narasipura, in her address, observed that the present day youth were mired in confusion regarding culture due to globalisation and liberalisation.

“We are forgetting great personalities who contributed a lot for the growth of our culture, literature and arts. At the same time, we are showing more interest in business and technology sectors which bring in more monetary benefits,” she said and lauded the book for exhaustively portraying Gurumalleshwara’s great personality and character.

District Kannada Sahitya Parishat President M. Chandrashekar presided.

Senior advocate H. Gangadharan, Prof. K. Gurupada Hegde, Dr. S. Shivarajappa and others were present on the occasion.

Courtesy : Star Of Mysore