RN Habbu Trust Gifts Rs. 1 Lakh to Kannada Sahithya Parishat
The R.N. Habbu Trust has donated Rs. 1 lakh to the Kannada Sahitya Parishat on December 15.
At a function arranged at the new building of the Mysore District Kannada Sahitya Parishat in Vijayanagar Extension in Mysore, Parishat State President Mr. Harikrishna Punarooru received the endowment from the family members of late Habbu, who was a leading publisher in Mysore. He felicitated donors Usha Vamana Rao, Prema M. Mahishi, Leela Ramesh, Sudha Gururajachar and Prahladha Rao. Former Vice-Chancellor Prof. D.Javare Gowda unveiled a portrait of Habbu. Educationist S.R. Rohidekar and Publisher T.S. Chayapathi were the chief guests.
The Parishat will utilize the interest earned from the endowment amount for an annual award for the best published work of a publishing agency and arrange a memorial lecture. The award will carry a cash prize, a memento and a certificate, according Mysore District Kannada Sahitya Parishat President N.Giri Gowda
Founder of the famous
Usha Publications of Mysore, Habbu Narayana Rao Raghavendra was born at
Nimbal, near Bijapur in 1914. He came to Dharwad to join G.B.Joshi, founder
of the famous Manohara Granthamale. Later, Habbu moved over to Mysore
with Joshi and started the Usha Press in 1943 and publication of works
written by leading writers in Kannada. Usha Sahitya Male publications
included works of authors like Ram.Shri. Mugali, Shriranga, Betageri Krishna
Sharma, K.V.Raghavachar, V.M.Inamdar, V.Seetharamayya, H.M.Nayak, V.K.Gokak,
Dr.G.Varadaraja Rao, Kerur Vasudevachar, Prof. S.V.Parameswara Bhat and
Mirji Anna Rao.