ಕನ್ನಡ (Kannada)

- Life and Times- His Marital Life -
Introduction

Kuvempu- His Birth, Childhood and Life

His Initiation into Learning- School Days

A Poem That Became His Childhood Guru

His Studies at Mysore

His First English Poem

Kannada at the Time of Colonial Rule

His Meeting the Irish Poet James H Cousins

His Writing poetry in Kannada

His Trip to Calcutta

His Marital Life

His Teaching and Writing

KaviShaila, Poets home after 1994
 

Many people believed that Puttappa, after his initiation into sanyasa, would live an ascetic life away from the family bondages. However, he had to bow to the advice of friends, well-wishers and the relatives and get into familial life. Puttappa married Hemavathy, daughter of Devangi Ramanna GowDa in the month of April 1937.

It is interesting that Puttappa gave Hemavathy her name when she was still a baby in the cradle. Puttappa had been to Nambala with Ramanna Gowda, when he had gone to KuppaLi during holidays. Puttappa was studying at Mysore then. Hemavathy was still a baby in the cradle. By then, the relatives had held English learning poet hearted Puttappa in esteem. They respected him. Incidentally the day he went to Nambala happened to be the day chosen for the ritual of putting the child into the cradle. Between their conversations, Ramanna Gowda asked Puttappa to suggest a name for his girl child. Puttappa named the child as Hemavathy. As if it was an event foretold, after 16 years, in 1937, Hemavathy entered Udayaravi with Kuvempu as his SahadharmiNi. In fact, Puttappa had desired to leave Ramakrishna Ashrama and live in his home Udayaravi after Swami Siddeswarananda left Mysore on a transfer. Kuvempu spent rest of his life at Udayaravi till he breathed last on 10.11.1994, except the period from 1939 to 1945 when he was at Bangalore as Assistant Professor in Central College. Udayaravi became the seat for his philosophical and literary advancements. Their ideal married life got them four children. They are PoorNachandra Tejaswi (1938), Kokilodaya Chaitra (1941), Indukala (1943), and TariNi (1945). PoorNachandra Tejaswi is an outstanding writer in Kannada. An Akademi award winner, Tejaswi is renowned for the quality and style of his literary works. He has created his personality and his works uniquely. KokilOdaya Chaitra lives in Australia as a famous design engineer. Indukala did her M.A., and married to famous orthopaedic surgeon by name Dr. K T.Surendra. She chose to live at Bangalore. She died recently. TariNi married to Prof. ChidAnanda and lives in Udayaravi. These are all well-educated families. They live an ideal, simple, and hospitable life. Their children are also well educated.

[Picked from Shri K. C. Shiva Reddy's book - Ugada Kavi (Poet of the Era). Translated to english by Shri R Vijayaraghavan]

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