It was not simply wonderful scholarship, but additionally an innate goodness and moral consciousness that made GS Amur who handed away just lately a trainer and critic who everybody admired
“By no means react impulsively, these are methods to impress you right into a parochial debate. These of you who’ve learn me will at all times perceive, I needn’t write a rejoinder.” Greater than a decade in the past, deeply disturbed by an article labelling him as a “critic from the colonial period” I known as up Professor G S Amur and briefed him of the small print, requesting him to supply a rebuttal. Calm, collected and undisturbed as ever, Amur gave me what was knowledge for a lifetime.
Instructor, author, translator and critic, Amur’s profession spanned over seven many years. Born right into a household that struggled to make ends meet, in a distant village of Bommanahalli in Haveri district, Gururaja Shyamacharya Amur, would sleep within the village temple at evening for need of area at house. A weak eyesight didn’t are available the best way of his urge for food for voracious studying. Amur began off studying Sanskrit classics earlier than getting into the realms of Kannada and English literature. At Karnatak Faculty, Dharwad, he occurred to fulfill Sriranga, V. Ok. Gokak and Armando Menezes who have been his academics. The affiliation lasted for all times. Amur would actively edit the faculty journal and write poetry in English. As a scholar, he printed a farewell speech of his beloved Principal, Correa Affonso: “When the sundown of life comes, let it’s as tender and delicate because the sunsets of Dharwad”. Affonso’s phrases struck a chord with younger minds, kindling a lifelong love for Dharwad.
Amur topped each examination he took. One of many awards from the College of Bombay was a set of classics with specifically embossed coat of arms. Amur requested for a money prize as a substitute. He was in dire want of cash for spectacles to learn and examine. He neither complained nor grumbled about his poverty. At a younger, impressionable age, he had attained a state of equanimity.
He approached Dr. V. Ok. Gokak for his Ph.D. and Gokak prompt he analysis on “the way forward for the epic.” Amur, nevertheless, was extra all in favour of exploring Comedy and located a keen mentor in Professor Armando Menezes, Head of the Division of English, at Karnatak College, Dharwad. Amur fortunately typed away his thesis on his good outdated typewriter on sheets of Radio Bond Austrian paper (common in the course of the 60s and 70s), whereas educating English Literature at JT Faculty, Gadag. Every time he introduced the typed pages for dialogue to the College campus, he could be intercepted by Professor KJ Shah. Shah had returned from Cambridge with an MA in Philosophy below the tutelage of Ludwig Wittgenstein. Wrangler Pavate, the then Vice-Chancellor of Karnatak College, had appointed Shah as Professor and Head of the Division of Philosophy. Rooted in Analytical Philosophy and Logical Positivism, Shah would grill analysis students and nudge them to assume deeper. No marvel, Amur’s PhD thesis not solely went on to change into one of many best treatises on the idea of Comedy, however continues to be in print and far cited sixty years after it was written. From Kumta to Gadag, Dharwad to Aurangabad, Amur left an abiding affect on legions of scholars.
After he retired as Head of the English Division on the Babasaheb Dr. B. R. Ambedkar College in Aurangabad in 1985, he returned to Dharwad for a lifetime of quietude that enabled him to focus on Kannada writing. All his life, he rejected administrative posts to deal with educating, analysis and writing.
“Janaki” his house at Navodayanagar, Dharwad grew to become a hub of mental exercise. Poets, novelists, critics, analysis students and academics would collect round Amur for enchanting discussions over limitless cups of tea and occasional. “Amma” as we affectionately known as the late Shanta Amur, was a maternal determine in our lives. The very first chapter of Amur’s autobiography in Kannada centres round her. After her passing away in 2014, I’d typically spend many days at his house. I used to sleep within the room that was normally reserved for college kids and friends. Amur Sir would knock at my door early within the morning. “I’m up Sir!” “Good Morning, Manjunath, I’ve a glass of sizzling milk for you.” He would elaborate on the Krishna-Arjuna dialogue from the Mahabharata or the Yama-Nachiketa dialogue from the Kathopinashad or the Maitreyi-Yajnavalkya dialogue from the Brihadaranyaka Upanishad whereas I sat mesmerised, taking sips from the glass of milk. Amur would quote characters from the classics as in the event that they have been his finest mates!
Yearly, I visited him on Vijayadashami in Dasara, to supply banni leaves as gratitude to the good trainer. Amur would provide Banni leaves in return, together with a narrative from the Mahabharata. With Amur’s passing away and Dasara quick approaching, I really feel a void in my life. With the knowledge that he carried, I want to consider that the Banni tree is symbolic of this nice trainer himself — huge, timeless and profound.