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HISTORY OF LITERATURE
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Kannada has a long history of literature next only to Sanskrit and Tamil. Though, Dravidian in origin, Kannada has been influenced considerably by Sanskrit. Even the early literature bears witness to this phenomenon. According to some scholars, the language flowered into literature as early as the 15th century A.D. Work based on or inspired by Sanskrit epics such as the Mahabharata and the Ramayana formed the earliest literature in Kannada. The three gems of early Kannada poetry—Pampa, Ranna and Pouma-all born in the 10th century rendered the epics in Kannada. Kesiraja’s Sabdami Darpana was the first standard grammar of the Kannada language. Masti Venkatesha Iyengar is considered the father of the Kannada short story. Kannada is flourishing in almost all branches of the literature. One has to read the Kannada literature to know the rich cultural heritage of the Karnataka region. Any literature is a mirror of the society in which it is brought out.
(a) What is the origin of the Kannada language?
(b) Name the epics which inspired the literature in Kannada.
(c) Name three great poets of Kannada language.
(d) Who is the father of Kannada short story?
(e) Give the opposite of ‘early’ and ‘long’.