Special Correspondent

Annual grant of Rs. 15 lakh to be given to

the academy

The Beary community has a over a

1,000-year history

BANGALORE: The State Government has established Beary Academy on the lines of the Kodava, Tulu, Konkani and Urdu academies. The main office of the academy will be located in Mangalore.

Addressing presspersons here, Minister for Kannada and Culture Mahadeva Prasad said the Government would release an annual grant of Rs. 15 lakh to the academy to carry out its activities.

The Beary community leaders have been demanding the establishment of the academy since a decade.

The academy would start functioning from August, he said.

Mr. Prasad said constitution of the academy would help the community members to focus on research and publications, though they are using Kannada language. The 15-lakh strong Beary community has over a thousand-year history and has a presence in Dakshina Kannada, Chikmagalur, Udupi, Kodagu, Hassan, Shimoga, Mysore and Bangalore districts. The community has good presence in Mangalore, Ullal, Surathkal, Bajpe, Mulki, Puttur, Vittla, Udupi and Uppinangadi. The language is influenced by Malayalam, and it is also spoken in Kasaragod.

It is stated very word Beary meant business, a term borrowed from Tulu’s “Byara” and it is spoken even by non-Muslims such as the Bovi community of Tulunadu. The community has produced several leaders such as the former chairman of the Kannada Development Authority B.M. Idinabba, Sara Abubakar, Bolavaru Mohammad Kunnhi, Abdul Rasheed, B.M. Basheer and Mohammad Kulai.

The Bearys are educationally and socially backward and do not have adequate representation politically.

Names of cities

The Union Government has not yet officially cleared a list submitted by the State Government on renaming 12 towns and cities. Union Home Minister Shivraj Patil had expressed his reservation on changing the name of Belgaum to Belagavi. The Centre has no power to drop Belgaum from the list. The Government has all powers to change the name of any cities and towns in the State, Mr. Prasad said.

On granting classical status to the Kannada language, he said the committee constituted at the Centre had not met for a long time to decide the issue. Since the Andhra Pradesh Government too had been demanding the classical status to Telugu, the panel would meet soon, he said.

The State Government had provided all information on the history of the Kannada language to the Centre. The language is over 2,000 years old.

Now the centre had been granting the classical status to those languages which have history of more than 1,500 years, the Minister said.