MULIYA TIMMAPPAIAH, 1888-1950
Muliya Timmappaiah (ಮುಳಿಯ
timmappayya) belongs to the tradition of great scholars from coastal
Karnataka who did not have the advantages of University education. However they
have achieved lasting fame because of traditional schooling and modern outlook.
Muliya is a small village in Bantwal
Like many others of his ilk Timmappaiah was a creative writer and a scholar. He has composed many novels, plays and poems. His venture to write an epic ‘Sobagina Balli’ (1918) and a prose work, ‘Chandravali Vilasam’ (1913) in old Kannada is interesting. This zeal was manifested once again in ‘Navaneetha Ramayana’ (1940) an epic in Lalitaragale. ‘Veera Bankeya’ (1950) is a historical novel. He started a monthly magazine titled ‘Kannada Kogile’ in 1914 and had to stop its publication a few years later.
However his fame
rests on his work in the fields of ‘History of Kannada Literature’ and literary
criticism. He was an erudite scholar in Kannada and Sanskrit. His training in allied
disciplines such as poetics and prosody was always at his service.
Timmappaiah was genuinely interested in bringing out the historical antecedents
of literature to the lime light. For him, many of our epics were deeply rooted in
contemporary history. He tried to bring out the hidden material related to the history
of Karnataka in the Kannada epic ‘Kabbigara Kava’ by
Andayya. ‘AnDayyanU kannaDamenippA nADU’ is the
title of the paper published in 1927. This passion was carried on to
(1948) is another enduring work by Timmappaiah. This
is a critical study of the first extant work in Kannada. ‘Paarti
Subba’ is a biographical account and a critical study
of the famous Yakshagana poet. Three lectures delivered
by Muliya in 1948, at the Kannada Research Institute,
Dharawada are published in a single volume titled ‘kannaDa nADU
dESI sAhityavU’. The collection of essays
called ‘kannaDa sAhityavU
upanyAsagLU’ is the last published work of Timmappaiah.
To sum up, Mulia was a votary of local cultures as evidenced
by his lasting pursuits. His desire to trace local history, his panache to find
the native elements in
Muliya was honored with the chairmanship of the 17th Kannada Sahitya Sammelana held at