Dr. G.S. Amur, who handed away not too long ago on the age of 95, occupies a singular 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 modern literary situation 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 a long time 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 tutorial 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 larger emphasis on his writings in English previous to his retirement and shifted his focus in the direction of Kannada literary criticism, thereafter. He was barely disillusioned with literature as an establishment over the past 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 have been suffused with tutorial rigour and his main pursuits have been interwoven.
Dr. Amur occupies a singular 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, although he was accustomed to the tenets Indian Poetics. He may apply the idea 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 tutorial scholarship if it turns into an finish in itself, may forestall a critic from observing emergent social patterns and the ensuing inventive 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 completed yeoman service to Karnataka by translating many literary classics from Kannada into English. They embody, ‘The Spider and the Net’ a really competent translation of many essential poems by poet Da.Ra. Bendre. He has translated novels similar 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, signify Amur’s foray into extra theoretical subjects.
Famous critic Giraddi Govindraj releasing assortment of performs of Girish Karnad and a ebook by G.S. Amur at a operate 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 similar to Guide Opinions, literary biographies, sensible criticism, literary principle et al. It’s a matter of curiosity that each one his writings are confined to fashionable 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 varieties. Fiction was his forte, as evidenced by well-thumbed volumes surveying Kannada novels and brief tales. He made it a degree to review a author in all features of his life and writings as a continuum. ‘Bhuvanada Bhagya’ a full-length research of the life and works of Da.Ra. Bendre, gained him the celebrated Central Sahitya Akademi award. That is pioneering work tracing the evolution of a author via 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 ebook ‘Ommukha’ delineating Bendre’s poetics and discussing the deserves of his translations. He has written related analytical and goal books on Kuvempu, Shriranga and U.R. Ananthamurthy.
Prof. Amur was deeply involved concerning the themes and types of literary works. He was within the inner dynamics of a piece brought on by literary units similar 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 not like lots of his illustrious friends. His writings on Kuvempu normally and ‘Sri Ramayana Darshanam’ particularly, bear witness to this. Equally, he may transcend literary actions and write about nice writers similar 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 lively until the very finish, and his big quantity on Dakshinamurthy Stotram got here out early this yr.
Amur most well-liked the matter of reality, tutorial 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 incredible orator, however had the will of a instructor who desires to speak, in actual fact, he was very stimulating in private conversations. Success, when it comes to awards and accolades didn’t come to him as a matter in fact. He needed to anticipate 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 continuously after he shifted his residence to Bangalore as a result of we lived in the identical locality. We used to have lengthy conversations principally about tutorial and cultural points. Recently, he was extra involved about life in its philosophical features. He was drawn in the direction of Indian Philosophy in its myriad features. He used to recollect Dr. Subbaramaiah, a professor of Nuclear Physics and his non secular mentor with nice reverence and fondness. I don’t wish to neglect his affection for me. I signify lots of his college students scattered all around the nation. We should always have a good time the lifetime of pious individuals like Dr. Amur slightly than mourn his dying. It’s my want to finish this observe 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.