One of my favourite lyrics is in this language, written by a poet called D.V.Gundappa. the poet weaves in every day wisdom and the language used is hale kannada or the older dialect of the current language. These poems are both sing-able and rap-able. The pen name Manku thimma means a person who is dim-witted.
A couplet which is my favourite is
Tookadisi, tookadisi beela diru tamma,
Nanna tamma manku thimma. – the gist of this don’t loose out because you are in a slumber.
In another couplet the poet talks about “ laughter, which he says is the law of nature, making someone laugh is your duty to another, laughing when you hear others laugh is a greater gift, so surround yourself with laughter in your life.”
These poetries were penned in 1943 that is twentytwo years before I was born,yet they have a great following to the day.Of the modern lyricists I am ignorant. I have stayed away from the world of poetry for more than twenty years, albeit the lyrics of the advertising jingles.