Mangalore, March 7, 2014, DHNS:

Litterateur and Researcher Dr Indira Heggade speaks after inaugurating Taluk Kannada Sahitya Sammelana at Government Pre University College, Car Street in Mangalore, on Friday, as AIR (Mangalore) Deputy Director (Programmes) Dr Vasantha Kumar Perla, District Kannada Sahitya Parishat President Pradeep Kumar Kalkura and Taluk Kannada Sahitya Parishat President Vijayalakshmi B Shetty among others look on. DH Photo

Indira Heggade inaugurates Mangalore taluk-level literary meet

 There is a need to market Kannada through the new media so that the language reaches out to the international arena, said AIR (Mangalore) Deputy Director (Programmes) Dr Vasantha Kumar Perla.

 He was delivering his presidential address at the Taluk Kannada Sahitya Sammelana on the premises of Government Pre University College in Car Street, Mangalore, on Friday.

 Perla said that marketing the language refers to the internationalisation of language and culture through blogs and social networking sites. The new generation will then be enabled to rediscover their roots. The celebrations and rituals which are the integral parts of our culture should not be rued by considering them as blind beliefs. They, in turn are complimentary to social harmony.

 The new generation has to be brought face-to-face with the folklore and religious aspects of our culture. In this regard, Gramothsava (village fairs) need to be conducted in every village, he said.

 He further said that the different languages in the coastal region have made Kannada language richer in the perspective of social harmony.

 Inaugurator of the convention, Litterateur and Researcher Dr Indira Heggade said that the people of Tulunadu had great contributions to Kannada language. The Tuluvas have accepted Kannada as their language. But the government is neglecting the people of the region. Now, it is doing injustice by drawing water from River Nethravathi. If Tulunadu was to be a separate state, this would not have happened.

 Through the Yetthinahole project, government is disrespecting the people of the district. The lethargic attitude of the government towards Kannada is evident from its failure to preserve the national monuments like that of the residence of Poet laureate Manjeshwara Govinda Pai, she said and added that we will be balance minded only when literature becomes the integral part of our lives.

 Mangalore South MLA J R Lobo who was the chief guest said that any language develops with usage. In order to preserve Kannada, our mother tongue, we have to cultivate reading habits, he said.

 The procession ‘Bhuveneshwari Dibbana’, was started from Sharavu Mahaganapathi Temple on Friday morning.

 District Kannada Sahitya Parishat President Pradeep Kumar Kalkura released the poem collection ‘Prathibimba’ authored by Raghu Alva, on the occasion.

Courtesy: Deccan Herald