CHENNAPPA UTTANGI, (1881-1962)
Reverend Chennappa Daniyelappa Uttangi (ರೆವರೆಂಡ್ ಚೆನ್ನಪ್ಪ ದಾನಿಯೇಲಪ್ಪ ಉತ್ತಂಗಿ) is known all over Karnataka as the person responsible for collecting, organising and publishing the short pithy poems Sarvajna, the sixteenth century savant of Kannada. But his scholarship and literary accomplishments were multifaceted and covered many areas.
Chennappa’s ancestors belonged to Uttangi
a small village in Hadagali talluk
He has published about eighteen works on Christian theology, Kannada literature and Indian culture. He has edited a few works other than the Vachanas of Sarvajna. His original works are enumerated below:
1. ‘Banarasakke Bethlehemina vinanti’ (ಬನಾರಸಕ್ಕೆ ಬೆತ್ಲೆಹರಮಿನ ವಿನಂತಿ), 1921
2. ‘Hindu Samajada Hitachintaka’ (ಹಿಂದೂ ಸಮಾಜದ ಹಿತಚಿಂತಕ), 1921
3. ‘Makkala Shikshanapata’ (ಮಕ್ಕಳ ಶಿಕ್ಷಣಪಟ), 1923
4. ‘Narayana Vamana Tilaka’ (Translation from English) 1927
5. ‘Drushtantadarpana’ (Translation of 50 parables) (ದೃಷ್ಟಾಂತದರ್ಪಣ), 1939
6. ‘Heart of Lingayat Religion’ (In English)
7. Mrutyunjaya, 1963
8. ‘Lingayata Dharma mattu Kraista Dharma’ 1969
9. Jaateeyateya Nirmuulanavoo Rashtreeya Bhavaikyavoo?
Uttangi wrote about Christian philosophy and about the contextual realities of Indian Christians. He wrote a four-part book on the life of Sadhu Sunder Singh and classified Sunder Singh's parables. Uttangi also worked to make the life of Narayan Vaman Tilak available to Christians of Karnataka. Uttangi translated Winslow's Biography of Tilak into Kannada. Uttangi's works on Sunder Singh and Tilak were both published by the Basel Mission.
At some point of time Chennappa developed a keen interest in the Vachanas (Tripadigalu) of Sarvajna. He was inspired to take up this job by Nelson
Frazer who was trying to translate the poems of Sarvajna
in to English and create an alphabetical list of them. He started collecting
paper and palm leaf manuscripts from various sources such as religious
institutions, libraries and individuals. The oriental libraries in
Reverend Chennappa has edited a few more literary works in addition to the poems of Sarvajna:
1. ‘Molige Marayya mattu Rani Mahadeviyavara Vachanagalu’, 1950.
2. ‘Adayyana Vachanagalu’, 1957
3. Siddarama Sahitya Sangraha, 1955
Chennappa presided over the 32nd Kannada Sahitya Sammelana held in
1. ‘Chennappa Uttangi’ by Sadashiva Odeyar, Dharawada
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