'Awards or accolades do not matter to writers'
Sirsi: Literature is a perennial achievement and is a pursuit of truth. To protect art, literature, culture, tradition and language, it is essential to change the education system, writer S.L. Bhyrappa said at Banavasi on Friday.
Mr. Bhyrappa was speaking after receiving the Pampa Award for 2005.
He said to promote art and culture, the Government should provide infrastructure in rural areas. Lack of leadership is making language and culture lose their identity, he said. Writers enjoy writing out of their experience. Awards or accolades do not matter to them, he said. He advised budding writers to work hard.
Deputy Commissioner Riteshkumar Singh, Director of Kannada and Culture Muddu Mohan, Secretary to the Government, Department of Kannada and Culture Usha Ganesh, Mohan Shetty, MLA, were present.
Medium of instruction
Karwar correspondent reports: Mr. Bhyrappa said language plays a vital role in enriching the culture of any region. The existence of a culture depends on the language. It is in this context the medium of instruction in schools should be in regional language only, he said.
Mr. Bhyrappa, who was in Karwar en route to Kadambotsava in Banavasi, told presspersons that that the present tendency of thrusting English on children will cause deterioration of culture.
The education system should be such that it should provide knowledge of Kannada to students in the State.
Backs IT sector
The writer said politicians, who criticised the information technology sector, should realise that the country is getting maximum foreign exchange from this sector.
It has created immense job opportunities. The Government should accelerate work on projects such as international airport in Bangalore, metro rail and Bangalore-Mysore Infrastructure Corridor.
Mr. Bhyrappa refuted reports that his writings reflected Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh ideology.
He was a student of philosophy. He has made a comparative study of oriental and western philosophies.
This background helped him present his experiences and thoughts effectively in his writing.
He said writers in the past, including Bendre, Kuvempu and Devudu, had rich spiritual background.