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Kalaketayya (ಕಲಕೇತಯ್ಯ)

Full Name: Kalaketayya
Pen Name (Vachana Signature): Mekhaleshwarlinga
Kayaka (Occupation): A Folk Artist,

Saying that you are doing kaayaka why go begging?
If alms are not given why utter harsh words?
Thinking that the masters will serve food
why wait standing on river banks,
or near temples and in the throng?
Is this the quality of kaayaka?
This is the stance of one who wants to fill his belly
in this worldliness.
The alms given to such a one will never reach Mekhaleshwaralinga.
[Vachana No.1620] [1]

Kalaketayya is praised by Basavanna where he says ‘See, I have a father like Kalaketayya’. He was a folk artist, an adept in exhibiting a Kalaketarata. Harihara, Palkurike Somanatha, Bhimakavi and Lakkanna Dandesha have written about him in their respetive works. His 11 vachanas with signature Mekhaleshwarlinga are available. There is a mingling of philosophy, mysticism and esotericism in his vachanas.


[1] "VACHANA" English Version Translation by: O.L. Nagabhushana Swamy, ISBN: 978-93-81457-12-2, 2012, Pub: Basava Samithi, Basava Bhavana Benguluru 560001.

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