MS. MALINI MALLYA , SECRETARY
Dr. Kota Shivaram Karanta Memorial Foundation (R)
Ms. B. Malini Mallya started her career in 1974 as Copyist cum Stenographer oflate Dr. Kota Shivaram Karanth (1902-1997) the great Writer Scholar of Kannada. Within a year, she got full time employment in Life Insurance Corporation of India. Yet, continued her help and co-operation to Dr. Karanth in his literary work and soon earned his confidence and admiration. “There were many youngsters who came to work as my Office Assistants throughout my writing career. But, it was Malini alone who took interest in my activities and imbibed some of my intellectual interests……,”wrote Dr. Karanth in his famous memories “Hucchu Manassina Hattu Mukhagalu” (Ten Faces of Crazy Mind). He further wrote that he was the luckiest writer to have such an able Assistant.
Ms. Malini Mallya’s first Article viz., “Hattiradinda Kanda Hattu Mukhagalu” (Close View of Ten Faces) published in the year 1986 on Dr. Karanth’s personality brought her sensational admiration both from Scholars and lay-readers. Inspired by this widespread applause, she wrote a descriptive Biography of Dr. Shivaram Karanth titled “Naanu Kanda Karantaru” (Karanth as I viewed) which again made news. Famous Writers, Scholars and Reviewers of Kannada had all eyes on her impressive style of writing, beauty of language and impartial judgement about Dr. Karanth’s personality. Dr. Karanth himself felt thrilled to see his own “faces” in the eyes of his office Assistant: Dr. Ha. Ma. Nayak, the expert Kannada Literary Reviewer reading this book wrote:”…….We may expect a future writer………”Such unexpected reactions inspired her to bring out literary works such as Novels, Short Stories, Satires, Stray Articles etc., which again received fair reviews from Scholars as well. Famous Kannada Reviewer like Dr. C. N. Ramachandran wrote: “…..I read both of your Novels. I was very happy. while reading your works, one cannot imagine that you are a beginner. Because, you have got very good hold on language and the subject. Thus, an ordinary office copyist turned into an able writer in Kannada.
Ms. Mallya is a well-known Scholar-Writer of Dr.Shivaram Karanth and his writings. To this date,other than Ms.Mallya,none in Kannada has written so much Articles and Books on Dr.Karanth. In the year 1992,she brought out a comprehensive, sumptuous volume viz., “Shivaram Karantha Vagmaya Vrittanta”,a Bibliography of Dr. Karanth enriched with many line drawings of famous Artist Mr. K.K. Hebbar which book again made news as it was the first of its kind in the history of Bibliography in Kannada and probably elsewhere. This scholarly and research work brought her an Award in the year 1993 from a famous women’s Organisation of Bangalore i.e., Shaswati Womens’ Study Centre. within 3 years, Ms. Mallya collected from elsewhere nearly 1000 stray Articles of Dr. Karanth and compiled them into 8 volumes (subject wise) which were published by Mangalore University. Dr. Karanth himself was stunned to see the ‘sea’ of his writings spread over the period of about 7 decades which made him to exclaim in his public speeches like “……I never imagined that I had written so much: It is Malini who showed me the fact”(:)Many Kannada literary scholars also felt like that. Then again, she compiled a Bibliography of Dr.Karanth’s works in a different format from that of the earlier one.
“Shivarama Karanthara Kinnara Loka” is an exhaustive research work first ever published on the theatrical activities and experiments of Dr. Karanth beginning from the year 1921 till his demise in 1997,”Chinnara Lokadalli Karantharu” ( 2 volumes ) is a collection of Dr. Karanth’s Conversations with children done over the period of 9 years that were published in “Taranga” a Kannada magazine which volumes an unusually interesting and thought-provoking works in the history of Kannada literature.”Karantha Uvacha” is a collection of excerpts of Dr. Karanth’s quotable sentences appeared in more than 50 books authored by him. Subject wise classification, para wise descriptions (samples) and even the excerpts of short and sweet sentences are the distinctive features of this book which made the scholars like Dr. Srinivas Havanur to write thus: “……You may think of bringing out more such books in the years to come….”
“Patra Vyavahara Mattu Naanu” (Author: Dr. K. Shivaram Karanth) is a big volume consisting of more than 1500 letters of correspondence published by Mangalore University, the work of which was also due to the unstinted support and assistance of Ms. Mallya to Dr. Karanth at his 96th year of age.
Thus, Ms. Malini Mallya has become an Authority on Dr. Karanth with deep study, hard research work and dedicated service to the cause of literature who still continues her missionary like work of publishing books on Dr. Karanth. Two more works of her will be published soon.
Besides, Ms. Mallya has founded a Memorial Trust in the name of Dr. Shivaram Karanth in his birth place. For the benefit of the posterity, she wishes to do some constructive work in honour of Dr. Kota Shivaram Karanth. Ms. Malini Mallya being the Secretary of Dr. Kota Shivaram Karanta Memorial Foundation (R) Saligrama,Udupi Dist, Karnataka works hard to realise her dreams. which work of hers is also gaining popularity all over Karnataka.
Ms. B. Malini Mallya
P.O. Saligrama – 576 225
Udupi, Karnataka, India