PRITHVI DATTA CHANDRA SHOBHI writes: Here is what I always found impressive about K. P. Poornachandra Tejaswi.
Being Kuvempu’s son wasn’t a burden. He was that rare famous son, who forged his own personality and strode the Kannada literary and cultural world as a giant in his own right. He could and did easily say no to worldly positions— from professorships to MLA/MP ticket offers from all the political parties and MLC nominations until very recently— from a very early age.
Much will be written in the coming days about Tejaswi’s accomplishments as a novelist as well as that rare and gifted Kannada writer of popular non-fiction works.
Tejaswi’s friends and admirers will praise his wide ranging interests,forward looking nature and more significantly, his curiosity to explore the world both in his literary work and in life.
His critics will point out that his later novels weren’t as impressive as his early works and strongly criticize his formulations on globalization.
I certainly found his turn away from a radical politics quite troubling. More on all that later.
But in my mind, there is no doubt that his ethical self was an equally compelling aspect of his personality.
Tejaswi was my role model when I was growing up. I saw him frequently in Mysore, read everything he wrote and hung on to each word he uttered. He was that mysterious figure who would periodically show up in Mysore, only to disappear quickly.
Return he did regularly, whenever he could take a break from his other preoccupation, his coffee estate. In recent times, I saw him infrequently and to my regret, didn’t engage him as much as I should have.
K.P. Poornachandra Tejaswi is no more. I wish I had gone to see him in December, as he had asked me to.
We will all miss him.
Photo courtesy: Karnataka Photo News
Kuvempu avara greatest koduge tejaswsi aagiddaru.
tejaswi’s death was unexpected and certainly a great loss. especially to those readers interested in ‘parisara saahitya’. may his soul rest in peace.
it’s very unfortunate to see ‘pragathi ranga’ a political party floated by lankesh, tejaswi and several other ‘lankesh patrike’ writers in mid 80’s, failed miserably. tejaswi had to take some beating in naadageethe controversy (madhvacharya’s name in kannada anthem ‘jaya bharatha jananiya thanu jaathe’).
here is the audio of an interview with him by sampada people..
[audio src="http://sampada.net/files/audio/k-p-purnachandra-tejasvi-sandarshana.mp3" /]
May his soul rest in peace.
It is really a great loss to Kannada literature.
He was one of my favorite authors. Still is …
Hah! it’s hurting.. The thought that Tejaswi is no more with us,make tears drop from my eyes..
The fitting tribute to Tejaswi will be introdcing children to Tejaswis’ amazing works…
“Poorna Chandra”na Tejassu Kannadakke innila.
Awara aatmakke shaanti sigali.
He was so many things rolled in to one.A writer, a poet, a Rationalist, a photographer, an Environmentalist and kept rejecting awards that came his way. A Titan indeed….
Poorna chandranillada kannada sahitya lokadalli amavasye bandide. Tejaswi avara brahagalige thumba ithichege nanu parichayagondiddu. Avara jana sampathhu aparavagithu annodu avara vividha reethiya barahagalinda thiliyuthade.EE jana sampathininda navu vanchitharadevu. Avara athmakke shanthi sigali.
Ever forget Mandanna.
Poorna Sir will remain alive through his work; inspiring generations of readers. For here was a man who, departing, left behind footprints on the sands of time.
The one and only time I saw and had a brief conversation with Tejaswi was when I attended the marriage ceremony of my good friend Chidananda Gowda who was being married to Tejaswi’s sister. I and my other friends and colleagues of Chidananda Gowda were impressed with his politeness and welcome.
It is indeed a great loss to the Kannada literary world!! Thanks to Churmuri for keeping us informed. It is quite disappointing that this important announcement did not find a place on the front page of Deccan Herald Online or even Hindu for that matter. To whom do these newspapers cater to? Nimage yenu annisuttade?
Tejaswiyavarillada kannada sahitya tumba badavagutte. avara karvalo odida nanau tumba kushi pattidde.nantara avara yella sahityavannu collect madide. yavattte bejaradaga parisarada kategalu, k gayyalligalu, chidambara rahasya, jugaricross hididu oduve. annohya prapanchada kalpaneyalli teluve. nanna preetiya sahitiyannu kevala omme matra bhetiyaggidde. ee tingalu moodigere hoguva pravasavannu plan maduttiddevu. innelli? kannada sahitya jagattannu sreemanta golisida puchate avarige asruvina vidaaya.
tejaswi kannadada obba atyunnata saahitigalalli modaligaru
bari kantepuraana bareyuva bhairappananta cheddi saahitigaliginta
teejaswi maanavatege atyanta hattiravaagi baredaru, avara saahitya namagella maargadarshiyaagirali.