Muralidhara Khajane

  • Sessions planned to chalk out `briefs' for exercises on two languages
  • `A few linguists are against the use of the word, `shastriya bhashe'

    MYSORE: While efforts are on to secure classical language status for Kannada and Telugu on the lines of Tamil, the Mysore based Central Institute of Indian Languages (CIIL) has decided to take up an ambitious project to conduct research from the archaeological, epigraphic, linguistic and historical angles to understand the antiquity of both the languages.

    Lingadevaru Halemane of CIIL told The Hindu that the project had nothing to do with the attempts by various groups and the governments of the two States to get the classical tag for Kannada and Telugu. "This is purely an academic exercise to make a detailed study and analysis of all aspects of Telugu and Kannada from every point of view, including historical and archaeological, to understand the antiquity of these languages," he said.

    He said that it had been decided to organise a "brainstorming session" on March 23 and 24 to chalk out a "brief" for the academic exercise on Kannada to be attended by linguists, epigraphists, archaeologists, and historians. A similar session would be held on March 28 and 29 to prepare a "brief" on Telugu language. While K.V. Narayana, epigraphist; K.V. Ramesh, archaeologist; M.S. Nagaraja Rao, historian; M. Chidanandamurthy, M.M. Kalburgi, Basavaradhya, G.S. Settar, Chandrashekara Kambara, G. Venkatasubbaiah, B.A. Vivek Rai, Ham. Pa. Nagarajaiah, and G.H. Nayak, writers, would attend the session on Kannada, C. Rama Rao, A. Manjulatha and A.V.K. Prasad, writers, would attend the session on Telugu.

    He said that a few linguists were against the use of the word, "shastriya bhashe" (classical language)', they wanted to change it to "paramparika bhashe" (heritage language) as every language had a heritage of its own, and the proponents of this idea would be allowed to present their views during the session. "The academic exercise will commence on April 15," he added.