Jnanpith awardee Dr. Chandrashekar Kambar and his wife Sathyabhama Kambhar being fecilitated by the members of Vishwakarma community at a function held at Rotary High School auditorium in city yesterday.
Mysore, Dec. 5- “Whenever the moral values in the society collapsed, it is the people of the Vishwakarma community who have upheld the moral values through their sense of art and aesthetics,” said Jnanpith awardee litterateur Dr. Chandrashekar Kambar, adding that he was proud to be a member of the community.
He was speaking after receiving the felicitations on behalf of the members of Vishwakarma community of Mysore city and the Kalikamba Kamatesh wara Swami Temple Committee, at a function held at the Ro tary High School auditorium in city yesterday.
Continuing, Dr. Kambar said, “The Vishwakarmas, who are a unique community spread all over the world, hold a prominent place in history and mythology. They have been nurturing artistic craftsmanship since centuries,” he said.
“The Vishwakarmas, through their artistic skills, have resolv- ed several crises in the past,” he said and narrated an inter-esting incident related to his community.
The story goes that a jeweler from outside Karnataka, whose son was an eligible bachelor, got offers from noble families from across 56 countries, eager to offer their daughters in marriage to the youth. But the parents, not accepting any of the offers, tied a seru (about 1.5 kgs) of paddy in a cloth, gave it to their son and asked him to roam around the country in search of a bride who could cook a meal with the paddy and satiate his hunger.
The youth is said to have come to Karnataka where a Vishwa-karma girl pounded the paddy, sold the husk to a goldsmith (to be used as fuel in his furnace), bought utensils and cooked a meal which the youth savoured with relish.
When the youth offered to marry her, she asked him to bring his parents first. When the parents arrived, she told them that she refused to marry their son because he ate the meal without enquiring whether the others in the house and those who had accompanied him had had meals too. “He did not even ask me whether I had eaten and ate to his fill all alone,” she said and regretted that the youth lacked the sense of sharing. Very much impressed by the girl, the jeweler couple pleaded with her to marry their son.
Explaining about the moral of the story, Dr. Kambar emphasised on the need to inculcate such values in the younger generation.
Temple President M.T. Ramachandra presided. Retired government officer Vedamurthy, Sathyabhama Kambar and others were present.
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