On the third day after the death of Bangaravva, a solemn procession making its way towards the graveyard encounters a strange obstacle. A blast of wind rises up in revolt, the embers flare and the sacred ritual fire falls to the ground. The ceremony is ruined because custom demands that the ritual fire never touch the ground.
What follows is chaos and confusion. Who will bear the blame for things going awry, and how might they be set right? The division between castes and communities comes to the fore as the panchayat struggles to pronounce justice.
A poetic work calling for change in our casteist society, Karya unfurls a kaleidoscope of perspectives. Studded with symbols drawn from nature and myth, this small but significant novel unfurls the politics and power embedded within a Dalit community.
About this Author
Aravind Mallagatti (Author)
ARAVIND MALAGATTI is an eminent Kannada poet and writer. He has published more than fifty books, which include poetry, fiction and literary criticism. He was the recipient of the prestigious Ambedkar Fellowship Award from the government of Karnataka. His autobiography, Government Brahmana, the first Dalit autobiography in Kannada, won the Karnataka Sahitya Akademi Award.
Susheela Punitha (Translator)
SUSHEELA PUNITHA has translated writer-activist Lakshman's lifestory, Samboli!, Vaidehi's Asprushyaru as Vasudeva's Family, Na. D'Souza's Dweepa, S. Diwakar's Hundreds of Streets to the Palace of Lights, shortlisted for the Crossword Book Award, and U.R. Ananthamurthy's Bharathipura, which was shortlisted for the South Asian Literature Prize and the Hindu Literary Prize. She received the Sahitya Akademi Translation Award for English in 2015 for Bharathipura.
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