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Every language in India withstands a void of reflective literature that flaunts the age old cultures, ideologies, systems, historic events and lifestyles of our ancestral era that can inculcate in us an intense sense of patriotism and discipline. Kannada literature is no exception to that. With an intention to fill the void and incorporate respect and love for Kannada traditions in the hearts of Kannadigas, Rashtrotthana Sahitya was incepted.
The literary timeline
Release of ‘Ranaveelya’, a collection of stories about the brave warriors of India on the occasion of Geeta Jayanti on December 5, 1965 marked the beginning of literary publications. The work was collected by Shivaramu.
A total of over 250 books have been published so far, including Rashtrotthana Sahitya and Sahitya Sindhu.
The publications that add feather to the cap having bagged State Literature Academy Awards are the ones that bring to limelight the incredible lives of Indian freedom fighters. The books include ‘Ajeya’, ‘Adamya’ , ‘Torberalu’, ‘Shatamanada Tiruvinalli Bharata’, (India at the edge of the century)
Rashtrotthana Sahitya also holds the reputation of being chosen for various state level literary awards and incorporated as study materials at various levels of formal education in the state. ‘Swatantra Yodha Aravinda’ (Aravinda the Freedom Fighter) was in fact a study text for the courses of BA and B.com at the Bengaluru University.
‘Utkarshapatha’ a book bagged the Siddhavanahalli Krishna Sharma Memorial Award.
Samajika krantisurya Dr. Babasaheb Ambedkar a book that reflects the accomplishments of the Dr. B R Ambedkar was recognised as the best translated publication in 2011 by the State Literary Awards
Celebrating the 150th birth anniversary of Swami Vivekananda, a publication named ‘Yeli, Yeddeli’ (Arise, Awake) hit record sales of 40,000 copies at a 73% discount rate all around the state.