Mayor Rajani Dugganna said here on Monday that nuclear families had diminished the grandeur of traditional practices and cultural aspects associated with the Bisu celebrations in Dakshina Kannada.

She was speaking after inaugurating the ‘Bisu Minadana' celebrations organised by the Karnataka Tulu Sahitya Academy at the Town Hall here.

Ms. Dugganna said that joint families used to celebrate Bisu festival with spirit and enthusiasm. Only some families now celebrated Bisu as a formality, she said.

Veteran writer and Tulu scholar Amrut Someshwar released eight books published by the academy on the occasion. In addition, a Tulu compact disc, ‘Aa Nili Banodu', containing Tulu bhavageethes was released.

Damodara Nisarga, president, Mangalore Tulu Kuta, said that the State Government had ordered to teach Tulu as the third optional language from the sixth standard from next academic year.

This move would add force to the demand for the inclusion of Tulu in the Eighth Schedule of the Constitution, he said.A Tulu , “Tulu Panchavati”, was performed.

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