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On the demise of T. N. Srikantayya, he took over the position of Chair of ‘Kannada-Kannada’ Dictionary Project. He eventually presided over the official release of the first edition of the Dictionary. During these years, he published his magnum opus on the art of ‘editorship’ titled “Kannada Grantha Sampadane”. This hectic schedule sadly resulted in him suffering his first heart attack in 1965. Between 1959 and 1963, he edited the prestigious academic journal “Prabuddha Karnataka” on behalf of Prasaranga of Mysore University.
Narasimhachar delivered many lectures on Mysore Akashvani (later AIR). His radio address in 1943 on contemporary Kannada poetry dealt with many elements, which critics later considered to be an early foretelling of ‘Navodaya Literature’. He penned a memorable preface to K. S. Narasimha Swamy’s famous work “Shilalathe”. His love for ‘Halegannada’ saw him evince keen interest in Epigraphical studies – resulting in a close involvement in the publication of successive volumes of ‘Epigraphia Carnatica’.
His closest acquaintances included T. N. Srikantaiah, N. Shivarama Shastry, K. V. Raghavachar, T. P. Krishnachar, K. Venkataramappa. S. Srikanta Sastri and Kuvempu. Among his list of friends were the likes of V. Raghavan, N. Anantarangachar, Pu. Ti. Narasimhachar, Gorur Ramaswamy Iyengar, D. K. Bhimasena Rao, Manjappa Bhatta, M. R. Sreenivasa Murthy and A. N. Murthy Rao. Among his illustrious students were Parameshwara Bhatta, D. Javare Gowda, H. M. Shankar Narayan Rao, M. Chidanandamurthy and T. V. Venkatachala Sastry.
D. L. N. authored four major works in Kannada, edited about nine comprehensive volumes, penned about eleven prefaces, close to eighty odd articles across three decades, seven monographs in English and four masterly introductions to various books. His introduction to ‘Vaddaradhane’, ‘Pampa Ramayana Sangraha’ and ‘Sukumara Charitam’ are the best of their kind in Kannada.
27 Oct. 1906
07 May 1971
Central College, Bangalore
Maharaja College, Mysore
Kannada Grammatician, Lexicographer, Professor, Halegannada Specialist, Editor.
Kannada Sahitya Parishath, University of Mysore, Central College (Bangalore)
"Kannada Grantha Sampadane"
"Peethikegalu mattu Lekhanagalu"
"Pampa Bharatha Deepike"
"Kannada Sahitya Akademi Award"
"Kannada Rajyothsava Award"
"D. Litt" (UoM)
(Maharaja College Youth Association)
Sitting on chair (L-R):
?, ?, Kuvempu, B. M. Srikantaiah, D. R. Bendre, T. S. Venkanayya, ?, ?, ?, ?.
Standing Third Row from bottom (L-R):
?, ?, ?, D. L. Narasimhachar, ?, ?, ?
Standing Fourth Row from bottom (L-R):
G. Venkatasubbaiah, ?, ?, ?, ?, ?
D. L. Narasimhachar’s scholarship was vast. In fact, it is believed that T. N. Srikantaiah once remarked that “D. L. N.’s name was synonymous with scholarship!” He was an ace linguist, grammatician, lexicographer, editor of numerous volumes, epigraphist and literary critic. He roughly churned out eighty research articles in forty years in both Kannada and English. Always seen in a close collared coat and dhoti, he was humility personified. He was honoured on multiple occasions by the Kannada Sahitya Akademi. He presided over the 41st Kannada Sahitya Sammelana at Bidar in 1960. He received two Felicitation Volumes: “Jnanopasaka” (1960) and “Upayana” (1967)
with rare articles penned by subject experts and close friends. The Government of Mysore awarded the Kannada Rajyothsava Award. In recognition of his lifetime contribution to the world of Kannada studies, the University of Mysore bestowed on him an honorary D. Litt in 1969.
Following his retirement in 1962, he was appointed U. G. C. Research Fellow for the next six years at the University of Mysore – Department of Kannada Studies. The relentless pace of work sadly resulted in a second fatal heart attack on the night of 7th May 1971. He was 65 years old at the time of his death. He is cherished by generations of Kannada scholars (many of them his students) who remember his affable, affectionate bearing which often concealed a mountain of intellect. The Mysore City Corporation has named the fifth cross road in Saraswathipuram after this great soul.
D. L. Narasimhachar
(Photo Courtesy: T. S. Satyan)
D. L. Narasimhachar with his family
Works of D. L. Narasimhachar
1. Narasimhachar, D. L.: “Hampeya Harihara” (1939)
2. Narasimhachar, D. L.: “Shabda Vihara” (1956)
3. Narasimhachar, D. L.: “Kannada Grantha Sampadane” (1964)
4. Narasimhachar, D. L.: “Peetekagalu-Lekhanagalu” (1971)
5. Narasimhachar, D. L.: “Govinahadu” (1960)
6. Narasimhachar, D. L.: “Pampa Ramayana Sangraha”
7. Narasimhachar, D. L.: “Bhisma Parva” (1950)