Prof U R Ananthamurthy has declared he will not take part in literary functions in future.
The decision came in the wake of strong criticism for his reaction on S L Bhyrappa’s controversial novel Aavarana that appeared in a section of the media. Prof Ananthamurthy said he was “misquoted” and in the wake of strong criticism of his comments, decided not to take part in any literary functions.
He said, “This will be my last literary function. Henceforth, I will confine my interaction regarding literature with my close associates. However, he said he will continue to participate in political debates.
He was speaking after releasing S G Siddaramaiah’s book ‘Kavyamayada Haadu’ and ‘Beedi Allamma’ - collections of poems.After releasing a critical analysis of Dr Bhyrappa’s novel Aavarana on Sunday, Prof Ananthamurthy had remarked Dr Bhyrappa is just a debater, not a novelist.
Many litterateurs strongly criticised Prof Ananthamurthy for his reported statement.Writer Baraguru Ramachandrappa, while sharing the dais with Prof Ananthamurthy, termed Aavarana “one of the worst novels of Kannada”. “The ongoing debate over Bhyrappa’s novel is not at all a literary debate,” he said.
He said the novel, which supports people who converted Mahatma Gandhi’s Gujarat into Narendra Modi’s Gujarat, is not worth debating. “Some writers have developed the habit of distorting history. We, including Prof Ananthamurthy, should make concerted efforts to counter such an attitude,” he said.