Mysuru, Feb. 17, 2021: “Dr. M. Mahadevappa is a person with a concern for farmers and he has developed several schemes for farmers to lead a self-dependent life,” said Paramapujya Jagadguru Sri Shivarathri Deshikendra Mahaswamiji.
He graced a book release program titled, “Samagra Krishi Kaavya,” authored by Padmabhushan awardee and Karnataka’s renowned Agriculture Scientist Dr. M. Mahadevappa, Director, Rural Development Division, JSS Mahavidyapeetha.
In his blessings, the Paramapujya Swamiji said, “Mahadevappa has invented several varieties of paddy and is known as ‘Paddy Mahadevappa’ among the farming community in the State. He has also earned Padmashri and Padmabhushana awards for his meritorious service. He is active even at this age and sets an example for the youth. His book shows his concern and love he has towards agriculture and farmers,” he said and congratulated him for getting the Lifetime Achievement award from the Karnataka Science and Technology Academy.
Presiding over the program renowned scholar and All India Sharana Sahitya Parishat Honorary Advisor Go.Ru. Chennabasappa mentioned that if Kuvempu is the ‘Rushikavi’, Mahadevappa is a ‘Krishikavi’.
Dr. S. Rajendraprasad, Vice-Chancellor, Agriculture University, Bengaluru released the book. In his address, he said that Mahadevappa is also known for his good administration and has done several valuable and memorable works when he was working as the Vice-Chancellor of Dharwad Agriculture University. “He has also gained popularity among the people by writing many books,” he added.
Prof. Maleyuru Guruswamy gave a brief introduction to the book. “Mahadevappa has dedicated his book to the farmers which is special. The 69 long poems that he has written in the book are an example of his affection and concern towards farmers. Born as a farmer’s son, his service as an agricultural scientist and contribution to agriculture and the benefit of farmers is special and immense. He has not just remained as an agricultural scientist, he is also a good administrator and also has gained popularity as a good litterateur. He didn’t develop an ego despite his massive achievements, he wasn’t corrupt in his life. His enthusiasm and interest in paddy research have still not decreased. He is so active even today that he makes the youth feel shy,” he said.
Dr. Mamatha Chandrashekar, daughter of Dr. M. Mahadevappa explained the achievements made by her father. Smt. Kalpana Shivanna sang a song written by Dr. Mahadevappa.
Dr. M. Mahadevappa and his wife Smt. Sudha Mahadevappa was felicitated by JSS Mahavidyapeetha on this occasion.
Sri S. Shivakumaraswamy, Secretary, JSS MVP, Dr. C.G. Betsurmath, Executive Secretary, JSS MVP, Directors, Officers, Agricultural scientist, his fans, and relatives were present in large numbers.
A book titled ‘Samagra Krushi Kaavya’, written by renowned agricultural scientist, Padmabhushan awardee Dr. Mahadevappa was released in the divine presence of Paramapujya Jagadguru Sri Shivarathri Deshikendra Mahaswamiji, at a programme held in Mysuru. Dr. S. Rajendra Prasad, Vice-Chancellor, Agriculture University, Bengaluru, Scholar Go.Ru. Chennabasappa, litterateurs Prof. Maleyuru Guruswamy and family members of Dr. Mahadevappa are seen in the picture.