Kannada Development Authority (KDA) will launch “Kannada Kalike Maatu Samskruti Parichaya”, a programme to teach Kannada and introduce native culture to overseas Kannadiga children. Plans are afoot to sign a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with overseas Kannadigas in this connection.

Authority chairman “Mukhyamantri” Chandru, who visited Australia and New Zealand recently, told presspersons here on Tuesday that the authority with the assistance of Department of Kannada and Culture and Non-Resident Indian Forum, Karnataka, would launch the programme in the U.S., the U.K., Australia, New Zealand, Bahrain, Singapore and Qatar.

Overseas Kannadigas have requested the authority to envisage a programme to teach Kannada and introduce the culture of the land to their children. To address their needs, it has been decided to launch the programme. The Governments of Tamil Nadu, Gujarat, Punjab and Maharashtra have launched such schemes to introduce their language and culture to children from their States living overseas and Karnataka would follow suit.

Linguist Lingadevaru Halemane has been requested to prepare a model to teach Kannada to overseas children through English. “In all likelihood, the model will be ready by July and the authority is planning to launch the programme in Los Angeles, New York, Detroit (U.S.), Manchester in the U.K., Sydney and Melbourne (Australia), Auckland (New Zealand), Bahrain, Singapore and Qatar by August, he said.

Kannada will be taught to overseas Kannadiga children for six months and classes would be held in the weekends. The authority will arrange for resource persons. Overseas Kannadigas could avail themselves of the services of locally available resource persons or the authority would draft the services of those with Masters in Kannada literature by bearing one-way air fare. The Government will also extend financial assistance in the implementation of the programme to promote Kannada and native culture abroad. The authority will give certificates to the children at the end of the course.

Cultural festival

The authority, in association with the Folklore, the Nataka and the Sahitya academies, the Kannada Sahitya Parishat, the Haveri district administration and the Gajanana Yuvaka Mandali, will organise “Kannada Nudihabba”, a four-day cultural festival, in Hangal and Seshagiri towns of Haveri district from April 28. Sessions would be held to discuss the challenges in the field of literature and theatre. Kannada poetry appreciation workshop and Kannada awareness convention would also be organised.

  • Model will be ready by July in all likelihood
  • Kannada classes will be held during weekends