13 Aug 2011

Experience speaks - DV Gundappa

Devanahalli Venkataramanaiah Gundappa known popularly as DVG, was a well known Kannada writer and a philosopher. Even though his formal education did not proceed beyond high school, his works have been part of study material for graduate. Some of his well known works are "antahpura geetegaLu", "baaLigondu nambike", "jeevana dharma yoga", "jnyaapaka chitra shaale", "maruLa muniyana kagga", "samskruti, umarana osage".
Mankutimmana kagga is undoubtedly the jewel in the crown. There are no such aspect of life that his work does not touch. It's commonly called 'KannaDada Bhagavadgeetha' for simplicity of language, vastness, greatness and poetic flow of content – scope and understanding of almost every verse from this work seems to grow richer and deeper with one’s own experience in life. The Kagga triggers thought process within the reader, irrespective of the person's knowledge level. Their meaning takes numerous dimension every time they are read. These verses are practical, straight, rich in moral values, not confined to any religion, caste or creed. Hence they are called 'Muktakas'. DVG stated that since poems are easy to remember for common men, he decided to put his experience in the form of muktakas. They are called 'Muktakagalu', meaning - Independent verses.  It need not be read in any particular order; one can choose to read it randomly.