About Beechi

 

Beechi Prakshana a publishing division of Beechi Vidya Kendra Trust®, the company's commercial activity includes the publishing of beechi’s books, as well as other books on humor and the distribution of books.

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Beechi also called hasyabramha and has never repeated his jokes. Each time & every time it was different & Spontaneous. A great Orator

BeeChi (1913 – 1980) was a well-known humorist in the Kannada language. His real name was Rayasam Bheemasena Rao. He preferred to write his pen namebilingually as ಬೀchi. He was also known as Karnataka's George Bernard Shaw and Oscar Wilde

Early life and career

Beechi was born on 23rd April 1913 in Harapanahalli in the Bellary district of Karnataka state, India. His father was Srinivas Rao and mother was Bharatamma. He joined a Government office as an attender.[1] He later worked for the CID for a substantial amount of time. He was married to Seetabai.

Motivation Having no formal exposure to Kannada or its literature, Beechi was motivated towards Kannada literature after reading A. N. Krishna Rao's novel Sandhyaraga (ಸಂಧ್ಯಾರಾಗ) on a long train journey. In Beechi's own words:

I started reading Sandhyaraga by placing the book inside the folds of the Illustrated Weekly paper. I remember only that I started to read. I don't know how many times my eyes went moist and how many times my heart skipped beats; but I woke up only after completely reading the book.

Literature Beechi's writings were humour-based, and his first novel was Dasakoota, published when he was 32. Dasakoota is the tale of a man (Umesh) fed up with the subservience of, at the surface, government employees to corruption, but relates to the broad servitude of men to conservatism. The protagonist undergoes much travail in his life, working under corrupt superiors, faced with the prospect of a father remarrying a very young woman who will be his stepmother, eventually even joining Subhash Chandra Bose's Indian National Army briefly. Scenarios with characters getting enmeshed in trouble inadvertently are created cleverly in the story. For example, after returning from imprisonment due to his participation in the freedom struggle in the ranks of the Netaji's army, Umesh is sitting at home and drinking coffee. When he finds it bitter, he asks for some sugar. Just then, news arrives announcing that Mahatma Gandhi has been assassinated. When rioters break into their house, they see Umesh consuming sugar. Thinking he is celebrating the Mahatma's death, they go on a rampage inside. Refreshing, original and daring, the novel brought Beechi much fame, being a startlingly confident debut, and he went on to more, perhaps greater, works.

His primary character/alter-ego was timma (ತಿಂಮ) (timma being a name colloquially used in Kannada to denote a man who is considered silly/crazy). Beechi released a lot of books with timma in the title. Churning out novels at a prolific rate, he wrote around 60 books in his lifetime. His autobiography, entitled Nanna bhayagraphy (ನನ್ನ ಭಯಾಗ್ರಫ಼ಿ), met with some controversy upon its release. References within the book to Omar Khayyam's 'Rubaiyyat' and how the great Kannada poet G. P. Rajaratnam seemed to have been inspired by it greatly sparked much anger in Rajaratnam and his admirers(Rajaratnam is said to have written his 'Nirbhayagraphy' (ನಿರ್ಭಯಾಗ್ರಫ಼ಿ) in protest). Nanna bhayagraphy is perhaps Beechi's most philosophical work. Detailing his life in necessary, but not excruciating, detail, it amuses, provokes, depresses and ultimately enlightens the reader (the ideal autobiography, in many ways). Despite the painful losses he suffered early on in his life and the unpleasant experiences he subsequently underwent -- his father dying as soon as he was born (this is described in a heartbreakingly light manner in the very first chapter), the lack of money to pay his school fees and the indifference of his relatives when he asked for their help ("Who's going to cry if you don't study? I don't have spare money to pay your school fees. Go away now."), the petty casteist bickerings in his village (it was divided into small localities, or Keris -- pronounced cay-ri and not kerry -- based on caste. Members of one keri never crossed over into another unless it was inevitable.), his practically lifelong struggle with alcoholism and the troubles and patience of his family when dealing with this, the loss of his son and the trauma of having to light his own son's pyre -- Beechi is never bitter about his lot. The tone is one of endurance, forgiveness and understanding. And the humour in the book is never forced, never awkward or inappropriate. (Beechi is never inhibited, though. In an early chapter, he describes how all the teenage boys of his village would go up to a nearby hill and indulge in masturbation. In another, he narrates how an elderly widow of the village tries to get her widowed daughter to seduce a young Beechi and how he escaped that situation. Both incidents are peppered with humour and make for delightful reading; not in the least bit vulgar.) It comes from a man who has seen it all and understood what life should be about. The last paragraph of the book, perhaps one of the most memorable pieces of writing in Kannada, expresses his philosophy of life.

Humorous Novels

  • Dasa Koota
  • Belli Timma Noorentu Helide (ಬೆಳ್ಳಿ ತಿಂಮ ನೂರೆಂಟು ಹೇಳಿದ)
  • Timmana Tale (ತಿಂಮನ ತಲೆ)
  • Timmayana (ತಿಂಮಾಯಣ)
  • Nanna Bhayagraphy (Autobiography) (ನನ್ನ ಭಯಾಗ್ರಫ಼ಿ)
  • Uttarabhoopa (ಉತ್ತರ ಭೂಪ)
  • Andana Timma (ಅಂದನಾ ತಿಂಮ)
  • Timma Rasayana (ತಿಂಮ ರಸಾಯನ)
  • Sateesoole (ಸತೀಸೂಳೆ)
  • Madamanna Ganda (ಮಾದಮ್ಮನ ಗಂಡ)
  • Hennu Kaanada Gandu (ಹೆಣ್ಣು ಕಾಣದ ಗಂಡು)
  • Saraswathi Samhara (ಸರಸ್ವತಿ ಸಂಹಾರ)
  • Maatregalu (ಮಾತ್ರೆಗಳು)
  • Matanaduva Devarugalu (ಮಾತನಾಡುವ ದೇವರುಗಳು)
  • Devarillada Gudi (ದೇವರಿಲ್ಲದ ಗುಡಿ)
  • Khadi Seere (ಖಾದಿ ಸೀರೆ)
  • Sattavanu Eddu Bandaga (ಸತ್ತವನು ಎದ್ದು ಬಂದಾಗ)
  • Tent Cinema (ಟೆಂಟ್ ಸಿನೆಮಾ)
  • Bittidde Bevu (ಬಿತ್ತಿದ್ದೆ ಬೇವು)
  • Bengalooru Bussu (ಬೆಂಗಳೂರು ಬಸ್ಸು)
  • Arida Chaha (ಆರಿದ ಚಹ)
  • Naraprani (ನರಪ್ರಾಣಿ)
  • Brahmachari (ಬ್ರಹ್ಮಚಾರಿ)
  • Elliruve Tande Baro (ಎಲ್ಲಿರುವೇ ತಂದೆ ಬಾರೋ)
  • Subbi
  • Brahmacharia Maga

Dramas

  • Radio Natakagalu (ರೇಡಿಯೋ ನಾಟಕಗಳು)
  • Hannondaneya Avatara (ಹನ್ನೊಂದನೆಯ ಅವತಾರ)
  • Manusmruthi (ಮನುಸ್ಮೃತಿ)
  • Ekikarana (ಏಕೀಕರಣ)
  • Vasheekarana (ವಶೀಕರಣ)
  • Ekodararu (ಏಕೋದರರು)
  • Psychologist Sarangapani (ಸೈಕಾಲಜಿಸ್ಟ್ ಸಾರಂಗಪಾಣಿ)
  • Devara Atmahatye (ದೇವರ ಆತ್ಮಹತ್ಯೆ)

Articles

  • Kene Mosaru (ಕೆನೆ ಮೊಸರು) in Vishala Karnataka
  • Bevinakatte (ಬೇವಿನ ಕಟ್ಟೆ) in Raitha
  • Neevu Kelidiri (ನೀವು ಕೇಳಿದಿರಿ) in the Kannada magazine Sudha

To know more about Beechi visit: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Beechi