Kanthapura recounts the rise of a Gandhian nationalist movement in a small South Indian village of the same name. Achakka begins her tale by situating Kanthapura in its immediate landscape, the Western Ghats mountain range in southwest India that has recently become a center of the British colonial spice trade. Then she introduces the potters and weavers, who are largely turning to agriculture, and finally the pariahs , who live in decrepit huts at the edge of town. But caste does not always translate to wealth. Meanwhile, Moorthy convinces various villagers to start spinning their own wool and weaving their own khadi cloth, since Gandhi believes that foreign goods impoverish India and sees weaving as a form of spiritual practice. But Bhatta despises Gandhism, for his business runs on high-interest loans to small farmers who sell their rice to city-people.
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Raja Rao. Kanthapura is the story of how Gandhi's struggle for independence from the British came to a typical village, Kanthapura, in South India. Young Moorthy, back from the city with "new ideas," cuts across the ancient barriers of caste to unite the villagers in non-violent action--which is met with violence by landlords and police. The dramatic tale unfolds in a poetic, almost mythical style which conveys as never before the rich textures of Indian rural life. The narrator is an old woman, imbued with the legendary history of the region, who knows the past of all the characters and comments on their actions with sharp-eyed wisdom.
Her narrative, and the way she tells it, evokes the spirit of India's traditional folk-epics. This edition includes extensive notes on Indian myths, religion, social customs, and the Independence movement given at the end of the book which fill out the background for the American reader's more complete understanding and enjoyment. Braj B. After he graduated from Madras University, he moved to the University of Montpellier in France on a scholarship.
He moved to the United States in , where he taught at the University of Texas at Austin until , when he retired as Emeritus Professor. Rao died of heart failure in
Analysis Of Kanthapura By Raja Rao
This short but impactful novel tells of life in an Indian village in the last years of the Raj, and the way that Gandhi's thought arrives in the village through a young man called Moorthy, who sees Not so much a review of the book as a testimony to the benefit I received from walks home with him after his evening seminar over six years. Although he claims to have introduced me to the son of his guru to be my guru, after four years I knew Raja was my true mentor. Raja Rao. Kanthapura is the first major Indian novel in English. Kanthapura is the enchanting story of how the independence movement becomes a tangible reality in a tiny and secluded village in South India. It is the story of young Moorti, stormy and idealistic, and his fight against conservative forces.
Sri K. Raja Rao 8 November — 8 July was an Indian writer of English-language novels and short stories, whose works are deeply rooted in metaphysics. The Serpent and the Rope , a semi-autobiographical novel recounting a search for spiritual truth in Europe and India, established him as one of the finest Indian prose stylists and won him the Sahitya Akademi Award in Rao's wide-ranging body of work, spanning a number of genres, is seen as a varied and significant contribution to Indian English literature, as well as World literature as a whole. Raja Rao was born on 8 November in Hassan , in the princely state of Mysore now in Karnataka in South India , into a Kannada -speaking Brahmin family  and was the eldest of 9 siblings, having seven sisters and a brother named Yogeshwara Ananda. His father, H. His mother, Gauramma, was a homemaker who died when Raja Rao was 4 years old.