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UPSC - Syllabus - Kannada

Main Examination Syllabus - Subject : Kannada

Paper-I (Answers must be written in Kannada.)

Section-A

  1. History of Kannada Language
    • What is Language? General characteristics of Language. Dravidian Family of Languages and its specific features, Antiquity of Kannada Language Different Phases of its Development.
    • Dialects of Kannada Language : Regional and Social Various aspects of development of Kannada Language : phonological and Semantic changes. Language borrowing.
  2. History of Kannada Literature
    • Ancient Kannada literature : Influence and Trends. Poets for study : Specified poets from Pampa to Ratnakara Varni are to be studied in the light of contents, form and expression : Pampa, Janna, Nagachandra.
    • Medieval Kannada literature : Influence and Trends.
    • Vachana literature : Basavanna, Akka Mahadevi.
    • Medieval Poets : Harihara, Ragha-vanka, Kumar-Vyasa.
    • Dasa literature : Purandra and Kanaka.
    • Sangataya : Ratnakaravarni
  3. Modern Kannada literature
    • Influence, trends and idealogies, Navodaya, Pragatishila, Navya, Dalita and Bandaya.

Section-B

  1. Poetics and literary criticism
    • Definition and concepts of poetry : Word, Meaning, Alankara, Reeti, Rasa, Dhwani, Auchitya.
    • Interpretations of Rasa Sutra.
    • Modern Trends of literary criticism : Formalist, Historical, Marxist, Feminist, Post-colonial criticism.
  2. Cultlural History of Karnataka
    • Contribution of Dynasties to the culture of Karnataka : Chalukyas of Badami and Kalyani, Rashtrakutas, Hoysalas, Vijayanagara rulers, in literary context.
    • Major religions of Karnataka and their cultural contributions.
    • Arts of Karnataka : Sculpture, Architecture, Painting, Music, Dance-in the literary context.
    • Unification of Karnataka and its impact on Kannada literature.

Paper-II (Answers must be written in Kannada.)
The paper will require first-hand reading of the Texts prescribed and will be designed to test the critical ability of the candidates.

Section-A

  1. Old Kannada Literature
    • Vikramaarjuna Vijaya of Pampa (cantos 12 & 13), (Mysore University Pub.)
    • Vaddaraadhane (Sukumaraswamyia Kathe, Vidyutchorana Kathe)
  2. Medieval Kannada Literature
    • Vachana Kammata, Ed: K. Marulasiddappa K.R. Nagaraj (Bangalore University Pub.)
    • Janapriya Kanakasamputa, Ed. D. Javare Gowda (Kannada and Culture Directorate, Bangalore)
    • Nambiyannana Ragale, Ed., T.N. Sreekantaiah (Ta.Vem. Smaraka Grantha Male, Mysore)
    • Kumaravyasa Bharata : Karna Parva (Mysore University)
    • Bharatesha Vaibhava Sangraha Ed. Ta. Su. Shama Rao (Mysore University)

Section-B

  1. Modern Kannada Literature
    • Poetry : Hosagannada Kavite, Ed : G.H. Nayak (Kannada Saahitya Parishattu, Bangalore)
    • Novel : Bettada Jeeva-Shivarama Karanta Madhavi-Arupama Niranjana Odalaala-Devenuru Mahadeva
    • Short Story : Kannada Sanna Kathegalu, Ed. G.H. Nayak (Sahitya Academy, New Delhi).
    • Drama : Shudra Tapaswi-Kuvempu. Tughalk-Girish Karnad.
    • Vichara Saahitya : Devaru-A.N. Moorty Rao (Pub : D.V.K. Moorty, Mysore.)
  2. Folk Literature
    • Janapada Swaroopa-Dr. H.N. Nayak. (Ta. Vem. Smaraka Grantha Male, Mysore.)
    • Janapada Geetaanjali-Ed.D. Javare Gowda. (Pub : Sahitya Academy, New Delhi.)
    • Kannada Janapada Kathegalu-Ed. J.S. Paramashivaiah, (Mysore University.)
    • Beedi Makkalu Beledo. Ed. Kalegowda Nagavara (Pub : Bangalore University.)
    • Savirada Ogatugalu-Ed : S.G. Imrapura.


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