Journalist colleague K.Yathiraj's 100 days experience at the Dr.Rajkumar Samadhi has come out as a book format - Abhimanigala Devaru - Samadhi Degulavadha Charitre (History of Raj Grave turning temple).
Smt.Parvathamma Rajkumar releasing the book written by K.Yathiraj on Tuesday evening at Green House Restaurant in a packed hall expressed in complete emotion that she is indebted to Yathiraj. I have come here to hear Dr.Baraguru Ramachandrappa speech said the leading lady of Kannada cinema.
Superstar Shivarajkumar considered Yathiraj as one of the family members of his family. He is also like a son to Dr.Rajkumar. I know Yathiraj as a journalist and as an artist. He is a big support to our family said Shivarajkumar.
Each time when I come to say something on Dr.Rajkumar my proud father I get new experiences to tell said Raghavendra Rajkumar. He explained the womenfolk in Shimoga telling him that they came to see Dr.Rajkumar and despite of blows how they saw him. Today Yathiraj has done what Dr.Rajkumar children have to do felt Raghanna.
My father was first public property and then he is father to us. What the children of Dr.Rajkumar should have done - taking care of Samadhi - Yathiraj has done it and whenever I went he was seen there. He did his duty and I thank him immensely said Puneeth Rajkumar.
I am afraid about the half baked books coming on Dr.Rajkumar after his death. This book is also in small anecdotes form. What I feel is that a complete book on Dr.Rajkumar in a high scale is the need of the hour said Dr.Baraguru in his speech. He appreciated the quality of K.Yathiraj writing especially referring to blind children and chicken Samadhi portions in the book. The loyalty of Yathiraj is guarding Dr.Rajkumar Samadhi is admirable as he has done it without expectations. For that there are two reasons - Dr.Rajkumar and his power. Guarding Dr.Rajkumar Samadhi is also the work of Kannada language as Dr.Rajkumar also stood by the language and took it to heights said Baraguru.
In his address the author of the book 'Abhimanigala Devaru - Samadhi Degulavadha Charithre' Yathiraj said he is Dr.Rajkumar admirers admirer. I had seen lakhs together people coming from various places not getting proper attention at the Samadhi. It became inevitable for me to stay there temporarily but without my knowledge it became a lovable duty for me and my friends. My wife yelled at me. My editor was upset. When I spoke to Dr.Baraguru I picked the idea from him to write this book and he is the inspirer for me to write this book said Yathiraj.
Rajajinagar MLA Na.La.Narendra Babu appreciated the continuous service done by Yathiraj for Dr.Rajkumar Samadhi. Dr.Rajkumar has been the chief inspirer for all of us to lead our life felt the legislator Narendra Babu.
According to one estimate Yathiraj has seen more than one crore people coming to the Samadhi of Dr.Rajkumar at kanteerava studio to pay respect.