Four teachers were felicitated to mark Teachers Day at a function held in the city on Sunday. Two books written by young authors were also released at the same event.

The function was organised by Arihole Prathishthana and Mangalore Chutuku Sahitya Parishath. Arihole Prathishthana is a seven-month-old Mangalore-based family trust. It encourages cultural activities, art, literacy, and education, said Sadashiva Rao, president, Arihole Prathishthana. Mangalore Chutuku Sahitya Parishath is a group that consists of members who write “chutukus” (poems of four lines). They meet once a month to meet senior poets and conduct training in writing “chutukus” in colleges and schools.

The teachers who were felicitated at the function for Teachers' Day were Rajani, who has 35 years of work experience, Juliet V. Pinto who has 34 years of work experience, Sharada A.N, who has 24 years of work experience, and Kasturi Kamath, who has worked for 14 years as a music teacher. Kasturi Kamath is visually-challenged. Subaraya Bhat, secretary of the Mangalore Taluk Chutuku Sahitya Parishath, was also felicitated. The two books released were Heege Summane written by Sudha Nagesh and Modalu Kanasu written by Chandravathi. The former book was released by artist Dinesh Holla and the latter by Muddu Moodubelle, programme executive, Mangalore Akashvani.

Since book releases are expensive, the trust has provided a platform for writers to release their books and encourage writers. Writers can approach the Prathishthana if they want their books to be released. However, other members of the trust and Mr. Rao himself have a say in deciding which books are released by the trust.

Kavita Shastry, teacher and headmistress, Gujarat Samaj School, who was the chief guest, said that Indian culture should be encouraged. She said that parents should take care to see where their children go, who their friends are, where they go with their vehicles, and how they use their phones.

There was a reason for why the minimum age was 18 years for driving vehicles. “Children below that age do not have the presence of mind and can get into accidents,” she said.

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