A commemorative postage stamp on the Birth Centenary of DVG, a Kannada writer and philosopher, author of Mankuthimmana Kagga and Marula Muniyana Kagga :
Issued by India
Issued on Mar 17, 1988
Description of Design : The stamp has been designed by India Security Press Nashik Road. The first day cover has been designed by Shri Sankha Samanta and the cancellation by Smt Alka Sharma.
Type : Stamp, Mint Condition
Colour : Single colour
Denomination : 60 Paise
Overall size : 3.91 x 2.90 cms.
Printing size : 3.55 x 2.54 cms.
Perforation : 13 x 13
Paper : Indigenous unwatermarked P. G. Matt coated stamp paper
Number Printed : 10,00,000
Number per issue sheet : 35
Printing Process : Photogravure
Printed : India Security Press
Name : Devanahalli Venkataramanaiah Gundappa
Born on Mar 17, 1887 at Mulbagal, Mysore State, British India
Died on Oct 7, 1975 at Bengaluru, Karnataka, India
- Dr. D. V. Gundappa, popularly known by his pen-name ‘D.V.G.‘, was born on 17th March 1887 at Mulbagal, Kolar district, Karnataka. Formal education ended at Secondary School level, but he acquainted himself with the Vedas, the classics in Kannada, Sanskrit, Telugu and English, music and dance, and the speeches of Swami Vivekananda and the Presidents of the Congress.
- In 1907 he began contributing articles to newspapers and journals. He helped to compile ‘The Press Gag’, reactions against the Mysore Newspapers Regulation (1907). He started ‘The Karnataka‘, a bi-weekly, ‘The Indian Review of Reviews‘, ‘Public Affairs‘. the journal of the Gokhale Institute of Public Affairs. He stabilised the running of the ‘Karnataka Jana Jivana Mattu Arthasadhaka Patrike‘ and the house journal of the Kannada Sahitya Parishat.
- Acquainted with Sir M. Visvesarya, he was nominated a member of the Bangalore Municipal Council (1912). He was devoted to G.K. Gokhale and his thought. Concerned about the problems of the Native States, he published many tracts on the subject. He was a member of the Committee on Constitutional Reforms in Mysore (1939) and of the Mysore Legislative Council (1926-1940). He was associated with the administration of Mysore since 1913, and with those who started the Congress in Mysore.
- An outstanding Kannada litterateur, his works included lyrics like ‘Antahpura Gite‘, philosophical poems like ‘Manku Timmana Kagga‘, biographies, and translations of Shakespeare‘s ‘Macbeth‘ and Tennyson‘s ‘The Cup‘, essays on politics, culture and religion. His lecture on the ‘Bhagvadgita‘ compiled as ‘Gita Tatparya‘ or ‘Jivanadharma Yoga‘ received the Sahitya Akademi Award in 1967. He was one of the editors of ‘Pampa Bharata‘, an epic Kannada poem and of the English Kannada dictionary. He was also a Sanskrit scholar. Associated in 1915 with the founding of the Kannada Sahitya Parishat he was later its Vice President, extending its activities and enhancing its prestige. He also started the Gokhale Service League, The Mysore State Journalists Association, the Self Protection League and the Gokhale Institute of Public Affairs.
- The University of Mysore conferred the Hon. D. Litt on him in 1961. He received the Padma Bhushan in 1974 from the Government of India. In October 1975 ‘D.V.G.’, journalist, political thinker, man of letters, founder and organiser of the Gokhale Institute of Public Affairs and other institutions, passed away.