Mysore/Mysuru: Maintaining that Folk literature is rich in naturality and also has an abundance of concepts, veteran Scholar Dr. T.V. Venkatachalashastry observed that, however, this cannot be seen in Ramayana (Shishta Ramayana) epics written by great poets.
He was speaking after releasing Folk writer Dr. P.K. Rajashekar’s work titled ‘Janapada Ramay-anada Kathegalu’ at a programme organised under the joint aegis of Honnaru Janapada Gaayakaru and Dr. P.K. Rajashekar Abhimaa-nigala Balaga at Vijnana Bhavan in Manasagangothri here on Sunday.
Maintaining that the thoughts of Janapada pushes us to keenness, Dr. Venkatachalashastry said that though the book is written in a simple language, it contains a lot of deep insights.
Noting that original Ramayana says that Rama, who is called as ‘Maryada Purushottama’ killed Vali by shooting him with an arrow at his back, he said that many believe that it is logically an unfair way of battle. But Janapada Ramayana says that Vali had taken into his hold half the strength of the rival who takes him on in a face-to-face battle and as such Rama chose to shoot down Vali from behind by an arrow, which narrative many Ramayana epic writers (Shishta Ramayana Poets) failed to grasp, he noted.
University of Mysore Vice-Chancellor Prof. G. Hemantha Kumar, who presided, recalled that Folk Scholar Dr. Rajashekar was his teacher when he studied at Yuvaraja College. “ I feel greatly humble today as the scholar has dedicated his book to me and also written a 14-line sonnet on me”, he said adding that the messages, roles and situations in epics such as Ramayana and Mahabharatha should be the leading light in our life.
Noted writer Dr. C. Naganna spoke about the book.
University of Mysore’s Kuvempu Institute of Kannada Studies (KIKS) Director Dr. M.G. Manjunath, former faculty Dr. Neelagiri M. Talwar, Karnataka Sahitya Academy Chairman Dr. B.V. Vasanthkumar, the book author Dr. P.K.Rajashekar and others were present on the occasion.