Kannada crusader, DeJaGow dies at 101

Kannada crusader, DeJaGow dies at 101

Submitted by alvin on Tue, 2016-05-31 12:16 Mysuru: Popularly known as DeJaGow, D Javare Gowda (101), litterateur, Kannada crusader and former vice chancellor of University of Mysore passed away at a hospital here on Monday.He was admitted to Sri Jayadeva Institute of Cardiovascular Sciences and Research here on Saturday night after he suffered “heart failure”. Though he was in ICU, he breathed his last on Monday evening.Born in Channapatna taluk, DeJaGow always had the appetite to learn more. Being a favourite student of ‘Rashtrakavi’ Kuvempu in Mysuru, DeJaGow has produced innumerable works in Kannada literature. That includes a Kannada translation of Leo Tolstoy’s work, War and Peace, Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice and others. Besides, he has brought out at least 400 literary works, each of them a literary gem.As a vice-chancellor of University of Mysore, DeJaGow introduced many departments and the Kannada Study Centre was a beehive of activities that promoted Kannada. Today, the study centre is an inspiration to Kannada departments of various other universities. He is credited as the first vice chancellor to introduce folklore studies in the Mysore varsity.When the Central government was dilly-dallying over classical tag to Kannada language, DeJaGow – despite his poor health – launched an indefinite fast threatening to return the Padma Shri conferred on him in 2001. He played an important role in securing the classical language status for Kannada.Dr Javare Gowda leaves behind his son, J Shashidhar Prasad, former vice-chancellor of the University of Mysore, and daughter, Shashikala. A sea of mourners made a beeline to his residence at Jayalakshmipuram to pay their last respects.