KUVEMPU’S ‘MALEGALALLI MADUMAGALU’ RETURNS TO STAGE
Context: After a two-year break, Kuvempu’s ‘Malegalalli Madumagalu’ will be staged with a 75-member team from the National School of Drama, Bengaluru, from January 20 onwards.
The nine-hour play performed throughout the night will be staged at Kalagrama next to Bangalore University’s Jnanabharathi campus.
- Malegalalli Madumagaluis a 1967 Kannada novel by popular author and poet, Kuvempu.
- The title Malegalalli Madumagalutranslates to “the bride in the mountains.”
- The novel was adapted into the television series of same name.
- The author discusses social and economic conditions prevailed in the late 19th Century Malenadu.
SIGNIFICANCE OF THE NOVEL
- The novel is acclaimed and very popular among Kannada readers, and is often prescribed as one of the “must-reads” novels of Kannada language.
- It portrays the love between the protagonists, the risks they dare to take.
- It also revolves around the social situations prevailed in malenadu region around the ending of 19th century.
- The novel also depicts as how Malnad Region opened itself to the newer social changes such as advent of English education, Conversion by Christian missionaries, introduction of new age elements like bicycle.
- An analogy can be drawn between the bride who is about to enter into a marriage, and the Malnad of the 19th century exposed to newer social forces.
- Kuppali Venkatappa Puttappa(29 December 1904 – 11 November 1994), popularly known by his pen name Kuvempu, was an Indian novelist, poet, playwright, and critic.
- He is widely regarded as the greatest Kannada poet of the 20th century.
- He was the first Kannada writer to be decorated with the Jnanapith Award.
- Kuvempu studied at Mysuru University in the 1920s, taught there for nearly three decades and served as its vice-chancellor from 1956 to 1960.
- He initiated education in Kannada as the language medium.
- For his contributions to Kannada Literature, the Government of Karnatakadecorated him with the honorific Rashtrakavi (“National Poet”) in 1958 and Karnataka Ratna (“The Gem of Karnataka”) in 1992.
- He was conferred the Padma Vibhushanby the Government of India in 1988.
- He penned the Karnataka State Anthem Jaya Bharata Jananiya Tanujate.
- Kuvempu started his literary work in English, with a collection of poetry called Beginner’s Musebut later switched to his native Kannada.
- He spearheaded the movement to make Kannada the medium for education, emphasizing the theme “Education in the Mother tongue.
- To cater to the needs of Kannada research, he founded the Kannada Adhyayana Samsthe(“Institute of Kannada Studies”) in the Mysore University, which has since been renamed after him as “Kuvempu Institute of Kannada Studies”.
- As Vice-Chancellor of Mysore University, he pioneered the study of sciences and languages.
- The speech he made during the convocation ceremony of Bangalore Universitywas published in the book Vichaarakranthige Aahwaana.
- It calls for a re-assessment of developmental policies. Though it was delivered in 1974, the message is still considered relevant to modern society.
- In the year 1987, The Government of Karnataka started the Kuvempu University in the Shimoga district, Karnataka.
8. His Autobiography is Nenapina Doniyali