Beerendranath Bhattacharya, a well-known Assamese writer met when he was President of the Sahitya Akademi, Gopalakrishna Adiga and asked him to name for an outsider like him the greatest creations of Kuvempu. Adiga was at that time known as a critic of Kuvempu’s grand style in poetry and from that criticism the ‘Navya’ literary movement had drawn ideas for a new language and idiom in Kannada poetry. I was also a strong defender of Adiga’s literary position, although, now looking back, I am aware of its creative strength and, at the same time, its intellectual and aesthetic short-comings.
Adiga was an outspoken writer and critic and his response to Bhattacharya adds a new meaning and a metaphorical dimension to what I just now have written. Adiga named the two great novels of Kuvempu, Kanooru Heggdathi and Malegalalli Madumagalu and was silent for a while making Bhattacharya guess what would be the third wok. Kuvempu’s Ramayana Darshana? No. Adiga replied: ‘the third great creation is his son, Purna Chandra Tejasvi.’