Road Name: DVG Road named after Devanahalli Venkataramanaiah Gundappa
Road Location: Basaveshvar Nagar, Basavangudi
Famous for: Literary Works such as Manku Thimmana Kagga
DVG road is one of the famous roads in Bangalore, which is usually crowded and full of traffic. It passes through Gandhi Bazar from Nagasandra Circle and was originally called Nagasandra road.
DVG road is named after the renowned Kannada writer, philosopher, Devanahalli Venkatramanaiah Gundappa. The road was named after him for he lived there for long. He was born on the 17th of March in 1887 in the subtle town of Mulbagal in the Kolar district. He was known for his versatility. He wrote plays, biographies, poems, and essays on philosophy, religion and politics. DVG belonged to an ordinary family of Tamil Brahmins who had settled in Mulbagal.
He studied at a local school and went to High School in Kolar. He attempted the Matriculation examination but didn’t get through Kannada, Mathematics and Science. His formal education ended at this time. He was a linguist and went on to master Kannada, Sanskrit and English. He has written a lot on his favorite subjects which include- History, Jurisprudence, Economics, and Political Sciences.
This versatile man was also a journalist and started Kannada newspapers, “Kannada” and “Bharat”. This earned him a lot of respect. He also started a weekly publication called “Sumathi”, which published dozens of book in a course of eight months. He also started “The Karnataka”, an English magazine that was to be published twice a week with the help of Diwan Visveswaraih. The first issue was published on 2nd April 1913.
His contribution to literature is immense. Some of them are listed down below:
· Vasantha Kusumanjali (1922) – poem
· Mankuthimmana Kagga - poem
· Saahitya Shakti - essay
· Samskruti- essay
· Vidhyaranya Vijaya – drama
· Kanakaaluka – drama
· Tilottamey – drama
· Diwan Rangacharlu- biography
· Gopala Krishna Gokhale- biography
The road is home to some amazing stores such as Vidhyarthi Bhavan whose business has been running successfully since 1943. The food quality and the menu card continue to remain the same and is a ‘must visit’ for every Banglorean or tourist.
DVG has been awarded the Padmabhushan by the Government of India in 1974 for his contribution to the vast literature of India. He has also won the respect and love of the people.
This great man left the earth and reach heavenly abode on the seventh of October 1975. He has left behind an ocean of literature that will keep giving memories about him for generations to come.
Contributed by: Harshitha Kalyanaraman, 8-E, Sri Kumaran Children’s Home CBSE