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1As of 1974.
Bendre believed in the
value of an integrated personality but loved to project himself
as a threefold being: Dattatreya Ramachandra Bendre, the
biological self, the dehi; Professor Bendre, the
thinking self; and Ambikatanayadatta, the creative self.
The three selves were conceived as mutually supporting selves, as
the imagery Bendre used to concretise this idea clearly suggests.
He spoke of Ambikatanayadatta and Professor Bendre as closely
related to each other as the banks of a river or the belly and
the back. One could not exist without the other.
With rare exception, Bendre signed his poems using the pen-name "Ambikatanayadatta". Of course, it was the poet, the creative self that was finally responsible for the form of the poem though his intellectual/academic self may have had a large part in the creation.
This section contains links to those who had a great influence on Bendre's life and poetry.
Kahlil Gibran (pronounced Jibran) was a Lebanese poet of the early 20th century. His work "The Prophet" is a veritable masterpiece ... and it's on the web in it's entirety !!
AE is the pseudonym of the Irish poet George William Russell, once considered to be the equal of Yeats. You can find one of his poems here.
The Bengali poet and philosopher who was intially involved in the Indian freedom movement and later on dedicated his life to his spiritual quest at his Ashram in Pondicherry.
Bendre has been hailed as
the father figure of modern Kannada poetry. His poems are linked
to the Kannada poetic tradition through their use of folklore,
the vachanas and the kirthanas. Apart from native prosodic forms,
Bendre has also employed native imagery, folk beliefs, references
to Indian mythology and the language spoken by common people. Nada
Lila (The Play of Sounds) is perhaps the most remarkable of
his poetry collections.. All the features of Navodaya poetry
like the feeling of patriotism, the reformatory zeal, critical
attitude Indian culture, consolidation of traditional strength,
mystical faith and assertion of a poet's individuality can be
found in this collection.
Towards the end of his
life Bendre was deeply absorbed in numbers. This was not a new
interest for him but now it became a central concern. When Dom
Moraes visited him during his exploration of Karnataka in 1976,
he found him totally immersed in numbers. He was still a Garudiga
but the Garudi had been replaced by a calculator. `Only
great poets', Moraes concluded, `have such interests and ideas as
Dr. Bendre'. In his Vishvadharanasutra and A Theory of
Immortality he made ambitious attempts to intuit all
knowledge into numbers, but these are beyond the reach of the
ordinary reader and await the scrutiny of experts. Appropriately
enough his last message before he died in the Harkishandas
Hospital in Bombay on 26th October 1981 was: `881+441. This is my
mahakavya'. 881 symbolised Hridaya and 441