‘When sparks fly, a healthy, creative fire is lit’

At the launch of Sangeeta Katti-Kulkarni's "Bendre Geeta Yatre" yesterday evening, U.R. Anantha Murthy was talking of how creative friction had lubricated many a social, cultural and literary discourse, rendering it richer in the end.

URA spoke of the sparring between Da. Ra. Bendre and Sham. Ba. Joshi. He spoke of the sparring between Kuvempu and Masti Venkatesh Iyengar. He spoke of the sparring between Mahatma Gandhi and B.R. Ambedkar, and Gandhi with Rabindranath Tagore.

Just what URA had in mind is unclear. Probably he was hinting at a positive fallout from his continuing friction with De. Ja. Gow. on the classical status language status for Kannada. That debate and discussion is the diesel of democracy. The herd-like intellectual conformism is death. Or maybe not.