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Saturday, March 05, 2011

A Critique of Modernity: Kannada Poetry -Part 2

     In the impressive literary oeuvre of Chandrashekhara Kambara, the poet-playwright-novelist, the constant locale of all his works is ‘Shivapura’ –a fictitious Utopia like the city of ‘Kalyana’ in the eyes of the 12th-century-Veerashaiva saints.  Kambara’s most recent work Ellide Shivapura (Where is Shivapura?), published in 2009, is a collection of 54 poems on varied topics; and it is divided into four parts.  Though the poems are on different subjects, collectively, they connote the socio-cultural contours of the ideal society –Shivapura.