English translations of two Kannada books released

The Manipal Universal Press (MUP) released its 129th and 130th books published by it at the MGM College here recently. They were translations of two major Kannada works.

According to a press release issued by Manipal Academy of Higher Education (MAHE), releasing ‘A Shrine for Sarasamma’ — an English translation by senior writer D.A. Shankar of the Kannada novel ‘Sarasammana Samadhi’ written by Kota Shivaram Karanth — historian Surendra Rao said: “Sarasammana Samadhi though written in 1930s remains relevant in today’s world the way it questions the tyranny of patriarchy.”

“Publishing a translation of this major work of Kota Shivaram Karanth by MUP is a welcome development. This comes as an only window to Karanth’s work for the non-Kannada readers and therefore is a commendable work,” Dr. Rao said.

Releasing ‘The Other Face’, a translation of the Kannada book ‘Mukhantara’, writer Mahabaleshwara Rao spoke of the pains and pleasures of translation. The questions of to whom and to what should a translator remain faithful were difficult to answer, he said.

Detailing the process of translation, he wondered if the focus should remain more on being faithful to the original text or to the target language and the reader or to a translator’s conscience was a matter of choice.

Translator of ‘The Other Face,’ N.T. Bhat said men changed but human nature did not and that was reflected in the work ‘Mukhantara’. Though it was challenging to translate this saga of a community across generations written in a particular dialect, it was a pleasure to find ways of navigating through the language, he said.

Author of ‘Mukhantara’. Na. Mogasale, shared his experiences of writing this voluminous work and said he drew inspiration by talking to people around in the community and by a careful observation of the surroundings.

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