Staff Correspondent

Academy lauded for using Kannada script to promote Konkani

MANGALORE: Kannada is the right script for Konkani in Karnataka, President of the Kannada Sahitya Parishat Chandrashekar Patil has said. Most Konkani literature in the State is written in the Kannada script and children of Konkani-speaking communities across the State are accustomed to the script, he said.

According to a press release from Dugappa Kajekar, registrar, Karnataka Konkani Sahitya Academy, Mr. Patil, who was presiding over a meeting held in Bangalore recently by pro-Kannada organisations to discuss the script to be adopted to teach Konkani as an optional language in schools in the State, said that given the facts, Kannada script is most suitable to teach Konkani. The meeting decided to submit a memorandum to the Government to make it mandatory for schools in coastal districts of the State, Dakshina Kannada, Udupi and Uttara Kannada, to use Konkani text books in Kannada script for students of both primary and high school. The organisations also lauded the Konkani Sahitya Academy for adopting a decision to this effect.

Leaders of the organisations were pleased that the academy has decided to use Kannada script to promote Konkani in the State. The meeting also decided that both the parishat and the academy will organise various programmes. The meeting also resolved to avail the services of the Konkani Sahitya Academy during future Kannada Sahitya Sammelanas.

Eric Ozario, chairman of the academy, B.T. Lalita Nayak and Leeladevi R. Prasad, former Ministers, B.S. Lohithashwa, actor and writer, H. Jayamma and Jaraganhalli Shivshanker, secretaries of the parishat, and members of the academy were present.

The academy wants the Government to introduce Konkani as an optional language in schools.