Dr. P. G. Halakatti
Vachana Pitamaha Dr. P. G. Halakatti
- Dr. Phakeerappa Halakatti was born on July 2, 1880, to Gurubasappa and Danamma.
- He completed his primary and middle school education in Dharawad.
- In 1902, Dr. P. G. Halakatti obtained his graduation in BA from St. Xavier College, Mumbai.
- Sri P. G. Halakatti, who had the desire to serve the public, did not accept any employment opportunities after his graduation. Instead, he continued his studies and completed LLB degree in first class in 1904.
- In the same year, he arrived in Bijapur to pursue the career of a lawyer and dedicated himself to the collection of Vachana literature. He made people realize that Vachanas of Basava and others are precious.
- At the house of Sri Shivalingappa Manchale, he had the opportunity to see palm leaf manuscripts of ‘Shatsthala Thilaka’ and ‘Prabhudeva Vachana’ and was deeply influenced by them. Dr. P. G. Halakatti decided to collect, edit and publish the Vachana literature with a view to reach them to the people.
- In addition to practicing his lawyer profession, Dr. P. G. Halakatti began collecting huge volumes of Vachana literature. He started ‘Hithachinthaka’ printing press to publish the collected manuscripts.
- When he faced financial hurdles to purchase the printing machine, he sold his house which had been built from his hard earned money. This is an example of the immense commitment he had towards spreading the message of Vachana literature.
- To publish Vachana literature at Hithachinthaka printing press, he started ‘Shivanubhava’ newspaper and ‘Shivanubhava Granthamale’.
- In 1927, Dr. P. G. Halakatti started a weekly called ‘Navakarnataka’. This weekly published political, social, educational and employment news.
- Recognizing Sri Halakatti’s service to literature, Karnataka University conferred on him ‘Doctor of Letters’ degree in November 1953.
- By establishing BLDEA in 1910 in Bijapur, Dr. P. G. Halakatti laid a firm foundation to the educational growth in Bijapur.
- Dr. P. G. Halkatti published more than 115 priceless books during his lifetime.
- Dr. P. G. Halakatti was chosen as the president of Kannada Sahithya Sammelana (Kannada literature conference) held in 1926 in Ballary.
- He was conferred with honorary Doctorate D. Lit. in 1956 by Karnataka University.
- He strove for the development of literature and society for over six decades.