SRINIVASA MURTHY M.R., 1892-1953)
M.R. Srinivasa Murthy, (em. Ar.shrInivAsa mUrty) (ಎಂ.ಆರ್.
ಶ್ರೀನಿವಾಸಮೂರ್ತಿ) was a
creative writer and a scholar who
rendered yeoman service to Veerashaiva
literature during a period when it was finding its feet in the modern context.
He was born at
Srinivasa Murthy was well versed in Sanskrit and old Kannada and he had a special liking for Veerashaiva literature. He was the co editor of the celebrated literary epic Prabhulingaleele by Chamarasa which delineates the life of Allamaprabhu. This was published in 1934 and it contains a scholarly introduction. Vachanadharmasara, (1942) ranks among the first full length books on Veerashaivism. Srinivasamurthy uses the title Vachanadharma to indicate that the vachanas of the Veerashaiva saints constitute all the elements of a religion within themselves. The book delineates various aspects of Veerashaiva religion on the basis of some eight hundred vachanas selected by him. The birth and evolution of the religion are given in detail. The concepts of Bhakti, Jnana, Vairagya, Karmayoga and Sharanasati Bhava are explicated based on the poems of Basavanna, Chennabasavanna, Allamaprabhu, Siddarama and Akkamahadevi respectively. This is followed by a discussion about the ideas propounded in the vachanas on the themes of ethics, society, and women. He goes on to prove the literary merits of Vachanas in the concluding chapter. The book is supplemented with a collection of three hundred vachanas.
Bhaktibhandari Basavannanavaru (1946) is a biographical account of the saint Basaveshvara. A lot of erudite research has gone in to the making of this volume.
Srinivasa Murthy has experimented in different forms of creative literature. Mahatyaga (mahAtyAga) and Savitri(sAvitri) are novels. Nagarika (nAgarika) and Dharmaduranta are plays which are being performed even to this day. Rangannana Kanasina Dinagalu (rangaNNana kanasina dinagaLu) is a unique book that narrates the experiences of a school inspector.
Srinivasa Murthy chaired the 33rd Kannada Sahitya Sammelana held at Sollapura in 1950. Sahityaloka
(sAhityAlOka) is a collection of 24 research articles
and a number of prefaces and such material penned by him. This was published by
References: 1. M.R.Srinivasa
Murthy: ondu adhyayana, Naguvanahalli P. Ratna, 1994,