Udupi: Plight of Dr. Shivarama Karanth’s house

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By Snehalatha, Udupi
Bellevision Media Network

Udupi, 29 June 2011: Rabindranath Tagore’s house in Kolkota has been carefully preserved; Kuvempu’s house is protected in Kuppalli. D. R. Bendre’s Sadhanakeri house in Dharwad has been retained, Gangubai Hanagal’s house which was collapsing has been renovated, there many more examples....


Why all these houses have been retained? Is there any necessity? If it is necessary, then is it not necessary to preserve the house of Dr. Shivarama Karantha where he was born and brought up? This question is to be asked to the government by all the Kannadigas.



Because, the national highway 66 which passes through Udupi, while getting widened will demolish this house in the process. The house where Karanth is born, grown up and played around, will get to dust. The house which nested Karanth who contributed in the fields of Art, Science, Education, Drama, Movie, Yakshagana etc. will be disappearing. There will not be an opportunity to show the house where the popular Kannada Poet, Jnanapeeta honoured Dr. Kota Shivarama was born.


But this house is not built by Shivarama Karanth, and there is no any extraordinary artistic design in it. It was built by his father Shesha Karanth, but there are no specific records that, when exactly it was built. Today in this house his brother Narasimha Karanth’s family is living. Currently a person named Ramanna is looking after the house.



Karanth was born in 1902, so this house must be atleast 150 – 180 years old. So, even historically there is importance to this house. Also, when Dr. Karanth died, his last rites had taken place in the backyard of this house. Therefore, definitely there is need to maintain this house as a museum and this house has that right too.


Widening of the national highway is the project of central government. The Officers of Delhi does not know Karanth, the house he was born and its historical value. They have planned 60 meter wide road and Karanth’s house will get demolished in this process.


But, what has happened to our State government? There are ministers in the government from Udupi, there are MLAs, and also there are Vidhana Parishath members from Karanth’s birth place Kota. In this process if the state government cannot involve in the central government project, then the house will get demolished by the bulldozers, which is a shameful issue.



If the house of Karaanth has to be saved then the temple of Mahalingeshwara which is on the opposite side of the road will have to be sacrificed. This is another problem. Apart from some pain of demolition of Karanth’s house, the Poets, leaders and people’s representatives are just quiet in this matter. But if the Temple is going to get demolished then tens of flags will stand out. This is a system less sensitive issue.


To preserve this house and use it as a monument and maintain it as a museum for the future generation, the only way is to shift this house! Though this seems like strange, this is the only option available. Already there are more than 30 examples of the old houses being removed and reconstructed using the same material in Manipal. Founder of Heritage Village Vijayanatha Shenoy has accomplished this. With his cooperation and advise, definitely it is possible to shift and rebuild Karanth’s house using the entire materials such as stones, blocks, wood, windows, doors, tiles, furniture etc… with the same shape as the original and all these things can be preserved.


In Manipal already an art village is slowly being constructed in the name of Karanth in 60 acre land. This house can be shifted to that place. This will also increase its elegance and will be meaningful to this art village. But who will tie the bell to the cat (government) which is clearing off everything for the development? This work has to be done by all the Kannada admirers of Karanth’s literature.



Comments on this Article
wilfrred castelino, mooudebelle/sharjah Thu, June-30-2011, 2:55
Its very importent to develope the roads for a better infrastructure of the country and their by develop business and future of our country.We cannot do Ifrastructue developements overnight, every day and that sould be planned thougt properly for next 100 years. So its better to shift these historical things which nobody will bother after some time. Future generation will only bother wether there is express highway than there was a temple,church, masjid or historical place.
Ramesh, Udupi Thu, June-30-2011, 11:47
If the house is retained in its original place, it will be still closer to the highway. Considering the access, parking etc to the visitors it is better to shift. The author has suggested that the art village which is being built in Manipal in the name of Karanth and the house could be shifted there, using all the original materials, which is a good idea. Ms. Snehalatha and Bellevision has rightly raised this issue. Now readers need to take it up. The residents of Kota also can take it up to the MLAs and MLC, who can speak on this to the state government and so on....
Jayson, Moodubelle Thu, June-30-2011, 5:44
Mr.Robin i agree with your point road widening is necessary.But how we can shift old house of Dr.Karanth to other places.U said shifting house is appropriate.I would say Govt has take decision whether to Demolish or to keep the house.
Robin J Martis, Banglore/Moodubelle Wed, June-29-2011, 9:48
Widening the national highway is a necessity. We have to look for alternative plans. We cant stop the widening of the road because of a temple or any historic house. Either the road needs to be diverted or the house needs to demolished. Diverting the road is not feasible. Shifting the house to a different place looks appropriate. But the question is Is government ready to do this? Will the local people allow the house to be shifted to a different location?
Philip Mudartha, Qatar Wed, June-29-2011, 7:46
Relocate the temple, is that too much to contemplate?
Eugene DSouza, Moodubelle Wed, June-29-2011, 4:47
Thank you Snehalatha in highlighting the plight of Dr. Shivarama Karanth s house. The scant interest shown by the Karnataka State government in taking steps to preserve the house where the eminent personality Dr. Shivarama Karanth was born and died manifests the lopsided priorities of the government. The CM is more concerned in preserving his chair by visiting various temples rather than giving a thought to safeguard the historical places such as the ancestral home of Dr. Shivarama Karanth.
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