Kannada ‘G P Rajarathnam’ day celebrations

Thanks to the enthusiasm of Anitha (she helps NammaShaale children with Kannada and also happens to be  a NammaShaale parent), on 12th March, 2009 – the school celebrated the birthday anniversary of G P Rajarathnam (a person of Tamil origin, but who scaled incredible heights in Kannada literature, and is accepted as one of the greats in the Kannada literary-cultural scene) as Kannada day. I suppose, in those days, there was no frothing-at-the-mouth linguistic chauvinism – ot at least it did not get as much press as these days of the dominance of the negative-news, which is at the level of  obsessive-compulsive neurosis, what with the likes of the trying Times of India and ToHellka bending over backwards to nauseate us…

G P Rajarathnam. © K.L. Kamat/Kamat's Potpourri - off http://www.kamat.com/kalranga/kar/3125.jpg

G P Rajarathnam. © K.L. Kamat/Kamat's Potpourri - off http://www.kamat.com/kalranga/kar/3125.jpg

Okay. 🙂

A mug shot of Anitha, the Kannada Prima Donna, who slogged (along with her children) and made it possible.

Anitha, the Kannada primadonna

Lower, higher elementary children participated with much gusto  (sang songs/poems of  Rajarathnam) and the erdkinder presented the life story of his. There were charts (a gazillion of ’em) on his works, translations and even a ‘small’ comparative dictionary of south Indian (“dravidian’) languages…

There was also this staging of a  play based on Tenali Rama (not related to Rajarathnam’s literary outputs) that was staged and directed by Sanath – an 8 year old elementary child! Apparently it was very good. (sadly, I missed it)

A reasonable number of parents participated, but then it was a ‘working’ day for them and all that – thanks to all those who came in to cheer on the children, and all those were meaning to go, but then…

She is also behind the newspaper, believe me!

Incidentally, Anitha is also behind the newspaper, believe me! Just above the newspaper, you can see her headline. Ha.

May her good work continue…

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  • Jayashree Janardhan  On March 17, 2009 at 3:30 am

    We could not take part since our kids were sick…but it is really nice to read about it in these blogs. Good work Anitha and good blog Ramjee!

  • Vinod  On March 18, 2009 at 4:11 am

    Really appreciate all the work and effort that goes behind these events (Kannada Day, Hindi Diwas) and the activities associated with them. Kudos to the team behind this.
    Would also like to appreciate Ramjee’s effort in capturing it in detail and sharing it to this group.
    I guess we need to include a few photos of these events too. Let me start off by sharing a few from the “Hindi Diwas”. Can you please update the site with the following link:

    Ramjee – we are definitely reading the posts. Just that we havent being making any contributions individually. Request you to please continue the good work.

    Vinod – Advaith’s father

  • Ramjee Swaminathan  On March 20, 2009 at 12:05 pm

    Thanks for the encouragement, Vinod – and for the kind words. I have used your information in the post on hindi day. Thanks.

    Jayashree, am sure, your children would bounceback soon and participate in the ‘theatre fest’next week – the effort of that indefatigable theatre enthusiast, Manjunath. 🙂

  • Reshma  On March 27, 2009 at 11:58 am


    Thank you so much for all your encouragement and love for the kids! The program was wonderfully arranged, coordinated and run. Loved your gratitude at the end 🙂

  • Varsha B Raju  On August 7, 2014 at 9:27 am

    A lovely artical


  • By yet another kannada day… « namma shaale on November 26, 2010 at 12:01 pm

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