Tuesday, February 19, 2013

The Pudukottai book collector

கோவையில் கடந்த 10ம் தேதி நடந்த நிகழ்வில் திரு. கிருஷ்ணமூர்த்தி அய்யா பேசிய உரை ஏற்கனவே முந்தய இடுகைகளில் பகிர்ந்திருக்கிறோம். அந்த நிகழ்வைப் பற்றி தி ஹிந்து நாளிதழில் வெளியான செய்தி இதோ....

B. Krishnamurthy has set up one of the country’s largest private libraries housing rare first editions of Tamil books.


 Arignar Anna had a knack for narrating a story. He would take his listeners to far off places before leading them to the crux of the matter. “He would give them extensive background details… and they would wonder where he was headed,” recalls ‘Gnanalaya’ B. Krishnamurthy.

 Krishnamurthy owns the precious first edition of Anna’s book Makkal Karamum Mannin Siramum . It is among the 85,000 titles in his research library ‘Gnanalaya’ in Pudukottai. Krishnamurthy was in the city to participate in a monthly literary meet organised by the District Central Library’s Reader’s Circle and Vijaya Pathipagam.

 With over 15,000 titles in English and 70,000 in Tamil, Gnanalaya has a large collection of rare first editions of Tamil books. Krishnamurthy’s quest for books started when he was a teenager. His father once gave him a copy of Thanippadal Thirattu . It was signed by Ku. Alagirisamy, the editor of the magazine Sakthi . Alagirisamy, a man of unshakeable determination, had mentioned that the book was extremely rare and that he hadn’t seen it anywhere else. But there it was, in the hands of a teenager in Trichy. Krishnamurthy decided then that he would seek every rare book there was, no matter what.

 Today, his research library in Pudukottai is the result of decades of hard work. Krishnamurthy has travelled to every nook and cranny of Tamil Nadu in search of books. Behind every painstakingly collected title is a story.

 He once went to a village near Nagercoil looking for a book. He had a long way to go and decided to hire a bicycle. The man who ran the rental didn’t trust him, so Krishnamurthy gave him his expensive watch in return. “I would’ve even given him the shirt off my back if I had to,” he smiles.

Gnanalaya draws visitors from all over the world — there are some that Krishnamurthy will never forget. “I once heard one of them comment, ‘this man must be mad’,” he laughs.

நன்றி: தி ஹிந்து ஆங்கில நாளிதழ்

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