Prime Minister Narendra Modi will unveil translated volumes of Vachana, penned by 12th-century social reformer Basavanna and others, in 23 Indian languages on the occasion of Basava Jayanthi today.
Vachana is a prosaic form well known in the Kannada literature. This style of writing was used by Basavanna for spreading social awareness and bring equality in the society in the 12th century.
“It has taken 10 years to complete the translation of selected Vachanas into 23 Indian languages. Unveiling of the work by PM Modi will help spread Basavannas ideology and philosophy across the country,” Bangalore-based Basava Samithi President Aravind Jatti said.
Modi will also release the digital version of the work at the first ever celebration of Basava Jayanthi at the national level here.
Union ministers from Karnataka Ananth Kumar, D V Sadananda Gowda, Ramesh Jigajinagi and state Higher Education Minister Basavaraja Rayreddy and former Chief Minister B S Yeddyurappa will be present at the event.
The 23 Vachana volumes, edited by esteemed literary scholar late M M Kalburgi and translated by 20 people, was commissioned by the Basava Samithi at a cost of Rs 2.5 crore. Of which, the Karnataka government contributed Rs 1 crore.
The Vachana volumes will be released on the occasion of the golden jubilee of the organisation, set up by former Vice President D B Jatti in 1964 with an aim to spread Basavannas message across India.