This is an article in the “City Idols” series. City Idols is an effort to revive the legacies of the people after whom roads and parks have been named.
Road Name: DVG road named after Devanahalli Venkataramanaiah Gundappa (born in 1889 – died on 7th October 1975)
Road Location: Basavanagudi
The road which is broad, outstretched yet busy and full of life, that very road who has the daring to cut straight across Gandhi Bazaar and stretches from Nagasandra Circle is named after Devanahalli Venkataramanaiah Gundappa[DVG]. This road was originally called the Nagasandra road.
DVG a self made man who combined in himself all the good qualities of a journalist, a social thinker and activist. He was also a man of letters. A titan of Kannada literature, a man who used his deep Sanskrit knowledge and his love for Kannada with his poetic diction gave deep meaning to his writing.
For his immense contribution in the field of literature this man received several awards one being the Padmabhushan.
D.V. Gundappa, born in 1889, was a matriculate. At the age of sixteen, DVG started his carrier in journalism. But he soon started his own newspapers namely “Bharat” and “Karnataka”. This earned him respect and honor from all quarters. DVG went on to publish numerous books related to the governance of the sate involving many political views. He became a passionate activist and was ready to give his time for a worthy cause.
‘He possessed deep public sympathy and faith which was firmly rooted in democracy’. This very thought made him write one of his very many biographies on Gopala Krishna Gokhale. He also had strong faith and belief in Gokahle’s quote ‘Public life must be spiritualised’. He was inspired by this quote, one of the reasons which lead to the establishment of ‘Gokahle Institute of public affairs’, Bull temple road, Basavanagudi.
DVG’S magnum opus was “Manku Thimmana Kagga” translating to “Dull Thimmana’s Rigmarole”, this piece inculcated in all its readers : to face life’s challenges with a smile and understanding everything as a divine play. Honoring human dreams and above all dissolving one’s ego in mature thinking. This was something that all his readers could follow.
DVG believed in mutual respect among different cultures. He said this can be attained by reading the culture’s very own literature. He thought that the west must read our epics if human civilization and peace are to last. He told that it is of foremost importance that the different traces of the earth attain a world vision. To begin with he translated Shakespeare’s plays into Kannada while retaining the environment of it. These thoughts aren’t a common man’s, surely DVG was an inspiring someone.
DVG had, sure a serious character is what we perceive. Writings about him prove that DVG, Masti and many others went down to Vidhyarthi Bhavan in Gandhi bazaar for a lip smacking meal of bonds, dosa’s and coffee. They all had a bit of laughter and happiness in there as well. In Vidhyarthi Bhavan the pencil sketch of DVG, Masti and many others can still be seen as the hotel retains its position and menu card!!!
DVG has received not only the Padmabhushan and Sahitya Akademi award but he has won peoples’ love, admiration and gave them all immense knowledge in return.
The love and pride towards him is clearly seen with the magnificent statue of DVG towering the murals of many others who contributed to Kannadanadu. This can be seen in Bugle Rock Park near DVG road.
“D.V.G’s exposition of the concept of duty is not just academic and theoretical. It covers the entire range of duties that are woven into the social structure.” Prof. G. N. Sharma
And we all surely agree!!
The management –Vidyarthi Bhavan
Spoke to a teacher who gave out a couple of interesting stories on DVG.
Visit to Park in bull temple road (with the statue of DVG)