Dr. G.S. Amur, who handed away not too long ago on the age of 95, occupies a novel place among the many literary critics in Kannada. This distinctive scholar and critic was not swayed by the calls for of literary/social actions and caught to the canons of literary principle and criticism
Gururaja Shyamacharya Amur’s (1925-2020) departure acquires a symbolic dimension in view of the anti-intellectual and anti-academic environment that pervades the up to date literary state of affairs in Karnataka. Cultural polemics based mostly on societal and political points and an effervescent creativity that depends extra on experiences, concepts and attitudes slightly than a significant dialogue with language are vying with each other to achieve consideration. These forces are abetted by media which enjoy exaggeration and adulations.
Dr. Amur who excelled as a scholar and literary critic for seven many years was a superb scholar with a agency grounding in English, Sanskrit and Kannada. He obtained a doctoral diploma in English for his much-celebrated treatise, ‘The Idea of Comedy: A Restatement’ (1963) and occupied varied educational positions in Karnatak College, Dharwad and Marathwada College, Aurangabad. He had stints of educational analysis in Yale College and Santa Barbara College, California as a Senior Fulbright scholar (1972-73). He was sponsored by the British Council to work as a researcher in the UK. He was awarded the D.Litt. diploma by Karnatak College in 2012.
He laid higher emphasis on his writings in English previous to his retirement and shifted his focus in direction of Kannada literary criticism, thereafter. He was barely disillusioned with literature as an establishment over the last decade of his life and pursued philosophical and non secular pursuits as evident by his works on Mahabharata, Bhagavad-Gita and Dakshinamurthy Stotra. Nevertheless, all these phases had been suffused with educational rigour and his main pursuits had been interwoven.
Dr. Amur occupies a novel place among the many literary critics in Kannada. He was not swayed by the calls for of literary/social actions and caught to the canons of literary principle and criticism as practiced within the West, despite the fact that he was accustomed to the tenets Indian Poetics. He may apply the speculation and the instruments obtained there to Kannada literary works belonging to numerous genres. His scholarship was not confined to the British and American styles of literary practices and encompassed the continental modes additionally. He didn’t enter the portals of now prevalent cultural criticism and managed to have his say with none bias. However educational scholarship if it turns into an finish in itself, may stop a critic from observing emergent social patterns and the resultant artistic modes.
Dr Amur has printed about thirty books in English. They represent three domains. He has written extensively on Indian writers in English. He has edited many books containing essays that serve the needs of pedagogy. He has achieved yeoman service to Karnataka by translating many literary classics from Kannada into English. They embody, ‘The Spider and the Internet’ a really competent translation of many essential poems by poet Da.Ra. Bendre. He has translated novels akin to ‘Sandhyaraaga’ by A.N. Krishna Rao and ‘Om Namo’ by Shantinatha Desai. His monographs on Manohar Malgonkar, A.N. Krishna Rao, Dattatreya Ramachandra Bendre and Shantinath Desai function helpful introductions to the writers and their oeuvre. ‘T.S. Eliot’s Poetics’, ‘Concepts and Photographs’ and ‘Saints and Poets’ all of the three printed by Author’s Workshop, Calcutta, symbolize Amur’s foray into extra theoretical matters.
Famous critic Giraddi Govindraj releasing assortment of performs of Girish Karnad and a e-book by G.S. Amur at a perform organised by Manohar Granthmala in Dharwad.
Amur has carved a distinct segment for himself in Kannada as a literary critic of tolerating benefit. He has printed forty odd books all of them coping with literary criticism. He has tailored varied modes of writing akin to E-book Evaluations, literary biographies, sensible criticism, literary principle et al. It’s a matter of curiosity that every one his writings are confined to trendy Kannada literature. Pre-modern Kannada literature spanning ten centuries is conspicuous by its absence in his literary musings. Nevertheless, he has written extensively about fiction, poetry, drama, criticism and different literary types. Fiction was his forte, as evidenced by well-thumbed volumes surveying Kannada novels and quick tales. He made it a degree to review a author in all points of his life and writings as a continuum. ‘Bhuvanada Bhagya’ a full-length research of the life and works of Da.Ra. Bendre, received him the distinguished Central Sahitya Akademi award. That is pioneering work tracing the evolution of a author by way of his complete profession and evaluating his works of their entirety. It goes to the credit score of this nice author that he may write one other e-book ‘Ommukha’ delineating Bendre’s poetics and discussing the deserves of his translations. He has written comparable analytical and goal books on Kuvempu, Shriranga and U.R. Ananthamurthy.
Prof. Amur was deeply involved in regards to the themes and types of literary works. He was within the inside dynamics of a piece attributable to literary gadgets akin to metaphor, picture and stylistic idiosyncrasies. He may additionally hint the evolution of a author throughout his profession. His huge studying and a capability to retrieve them at will helped him in making comparative evaluation. He may overcome regional and private bias in contrast to lots of his illustrious friends. His writings on Kuvempu usually and ‘Sri Ramayana Darshanam’ particularly, bear witness to this. Equally, he may transcend literary actions and write about nice writers akin to Masti Venkatesha Iyengar, Shivarama Karanth, Yashwant Chittal, Lankesh, Tejasvi, Devanuru Mahadeva, Veena Shanteshvara and Vaidehi with equal concern and competence. Amur was intellectually so energetic until the very finish, and his enormous quantity on Dakshinamurthy Stotram got here out early this 12 months.
Amur most well-liked the matter of truth, educational writing and didn’t search limelight at any level of time. Nor did he aspire to be the darling of the media and crowds by making deliberate controversial statements. He was not an amazing orator, however had the need of a trainer who desires to speak, in truth, he was very stimulating in private conversations. Success, by way of awards and accolades didn’t come to him as a matter after all. He needed to watch for them. He has acquired Central Akademi Award, Pampa Prashasti, Rajyotsava Award, Nrupatunga Award, and Karnataka Sahitya Akademi Lifetime Award and lots of different prizes.
I had the fortune of assembly him steadily after he shifted his residence to Bangalore as a result of we lived in the identical locality. We used to have lengthy conversations largely about educational and cultural points. Currently, he was extra involved about life in its philosophical points. He was drawn in direction of Indian Philosophy in its myriad points. He used to recollect Dr. Subbaramaiah, a professor of Nuclear Physics and his non secular mentor with nice reverence and fondness. I don’t need to neglect his affection for me. I symbolize lots of his college students scattered everywhere in the nation. We must always rejoice the lifetime of pious individuals like Dr. Amur slightly than mourn his dying. It’s my want to finish this notice by recording my tributes to his late spouse, Shantha Amur, who held a level in Physics and was an abiding supply of inspiration to him.