Militant journalist Vittappa Gorantli dies
He was at the forefront of the struggles for the formation of the Koppal district, Koppal Zilla Bachao Andolan, Save Tungabhadra movement
Koppal-based progressive activist, writer and journalist Vittappa Gorantli, 73, died of a heart attack at his residence in Koppal at the end of July 22. He collapsed on the road on his way home after completing the satsang (religious gathering) at his Sadananda Jnanashram, located near his residence. He was rushed to his residence where he breathed his last. He is survived by his wife, two sons and a large number of friends and followers.
He had seen a doctor two days ago complaining of chest pain. The doctor, who examined him and his ECG report, said his condition was normal.
Mr. Gorantli has received numerous awards, including the Karnataka Rajyotsava Award, the Karnataka Madhyama Academy Award and the DVG Sadbhavana Prashasti.
Born on May 15, 1948 into a family of poor weavers, Mr. Gorantli lost his father when he was two years old. He was raised by his mother whom he always remembered for her love and care for him, as well as his hard work and suffering, for shaping his future.
He had to interrupt his studies after class IV due to great poverty and join his family’s weaving profession. However, his thirst for reading and his passion for the theater motivated his orientation towards a career as a writer and journalist.
He had worked as a journalist with Patrik of Lankesh and then with Hi Bangalore. He started two newspapers Dinakahale and Kopana Kirana in the late 1990s, but had to abandon the business. He resumed writing special reports and columns for publications in Karnataka. His columns, poems and essays have been published by major Karnataka newspapers and magazines. He had served as district chairman, district secretary and member of the State Committee of the Union of Working Journalists of Karnataka.
Mr. Gorantli entered the world of theater by playing the part of a woman in Tayiya karalu at a young age and played various roles in many dramas and was also a playwright. Devara hoo, Lakshmana Rekhe, Kama Dahana and Gadyogadha are some of the popular pieces he has written and performed in.
He had made a significant contribution to Kannada literature with his collection of poems and short stories, biographies, plays and other literary works. Kappodala Kere, Ee Neladodalalli, Yaaroo Haadada Haadu, Noorentu Hani and Serene are part of his collections of poems.
Mr. Gorantli had actively participated in the agitation of Gokak in 1982 as vice-president of Koppal Kannada Kriya Samithi. He was at the forefront of struggles for the formation of Koppal District, Koppal Zilla Bachao Andolan, the Save Tungabhadra movement and many other progressive struggles. His residence has always been a meeting place for social activists of different currents and ideologies.
He developed an interest in spiritual activities after coming into contact with Guru Kalappa, which led to the establishment of Sadananda Jnanashram in 2005. Since then he has been actively involved in spiritual activities.