Tantu Kannada Novel by SL Bhyrappa Book
Tantu is a saga of post independence India, depicted through the main character, a journalist. The novel starts with the news that an ancient idol of Goddess Saraswati is stolen from a Hoysala temple and the journalist visits the place, which happens to be his ancestral town. The canvas of the novel includes almost the whole of India and most of the spheres like education, communal politics, business, political corruption and destruction of traditional moral values. The novel ends with clamping of the so-called Emergency by Indira Gandhi in 1975.
Santeshivara Lingannaiah Bhyrappa (born July 26, 1934), is a Kannada novelist, whose works are immensely popular both within and beyond Karnataka. SL Bhyrappa is widely regarded as one of India's foremost modern-day writers. His novels are unique in terms of theme, structure, and characterization. He has been among the top selling authors of Kannada, Hindi and Marathi for the past several years. Most of his works reveal the theme of Advaita vedanta and search of truth. Although S. L. Bhyrappa participated in the freedom struggle of Indian Independence at an early age, he believes that Indian Independence was just a political freedom from British rule, and the real Independence is the intellectual freedom which is nurtured by the strong foundations laid in the teachings of rich Indian culture and values.
S.L. Bhyrappa's works do not fit into any specific genre of contemporary Kannada literature such as Navodaya, Navya, Bandaya, or Dalita partly because of the range of topics they deal with. His major works have been the centre of several heated public debates and controversies.
SL Bhyrappa has received all State Awards, and some of the National Awards for his works. Three of his novels made into successful films have received National Awards.
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