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Meet to focus on development of ’Tulunadu’

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DISCUSSION: D. Veerandra Heggade (centre), Dharmadhikari of Dharmasthala, speaking at the preliminary meeting of the World Tulu Convention in Mangalore on Saturday. District in-charge Minister J. Krishna Palemar (second from left), Home Minister V.S. Acharya (second from right), MP Nalin Kumar Kateel (right), and president of Tulu Academy Paltadi Ramakrishna Achar (left) are seen.
DISCUSSION: D. Veerandra Heggade (centre), Dharmadhikari of Dharmasthala, speaking at the preliminary meeting of the World Tulu Convention in Mangalore on Saturday. District in-charge Minister J. Krishna Palemar (second from left), Home Minister V.S. Acharya (second from right), MP Nalin Kumar Kateel (right), and president of Tulu Academy Paltadi Ramakrishna Achar (left) are seen.

Special Correspondent

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MANGALORE: The World Tulu Meet scheduled to be held in December will evolve a comprehensive plan for the development of the region and the language, it was decided at the preliminary meeting here on Saturday.

It would deliberate on the controversial issues such as Special Economic Zone and the diversion of the Netravati, aimed at providing drinking water to Chitradurga, Kolar, and other districts, and submits its proposals to the Government.

It will make an assessment of the past and present status of the culture, tradition, trade and commerce of the “Tulunadu”, comprising the districts of Dakshina Kannda and Udupi, and parts of northern Kerala, where Tulu is widely used. The meet will be held from December 10 to 13 at Ujire, near Dharmasthala, in Dakshina Kannada on the broad theme of “Tulunadu, Tuluvas, and the Tulu language”.

The Saturday’s meeting was attended by cultural and political leaders of the region and presided over by Dharmadhikari of Dharmasthala Kshetra D. Veerendra Heggade.

The consultative session was told that an exhaustive Tulu dictionary, with 3,360 pages, would soon be uploaded on the internet and made available free of cost to all – in time for the world meet.

Mr. Heggade said that the meet would submit its recommendations for addressing the problems of the region, with special emphasis on fisheries, trade, commerce, and tourism, in addition to the SEZ and diversion of the Netravati. He hoped to include the issues related to education and health. He said that a two-day session on Tulu would be held at Karkala in Udupi district with sponsorship of the Mysore-based Centre for Indian Languages on September 19 and 20. Another session on Tulu proverbs, family professions, and stories would be organised at Bantwal on October 10, followed by a session on commerce, trade, diversion of the Netravati at Mangalore on October 31, a session on the religion and culture at Moodbidri on November 7, a session on jewellery, ornaments, and traditional medicines at Udupi on November 21, a session on rural sports at Puttur or Sullia on November 28, and a session on the performing arts of the region at Kasaragod in Kerala on November 29. The decisions taken at these sessions would form part of the recommendations to be evolved at the world meet, Mr. Heggade said. Yakshagana Academy Chairman Kumble Sundara Rao suggested that the meet should aim at providing an insight into Tulu dialects. Writer Harikrishna Punaroor stressed on the need to allow teaching in Tulu medium in schools. U.T. Khader, MLA, demanded that the problems related to border area be included in the deliberations. Former MP Vinayakumar Sorake said that the issue of merger of areas in Kerala with Karnataka should also be taken up. A representative of Tulu-speaking people in West Asia said that the Tuluvas there were keen on participating and contributing to the world meet. Mr. Heggade suggested that they could bring forth the problems being faced by non-resident Tuluvas there.

Pointing out that the meet warranted an expenditure of Rs. 3 crore, Mr. Heggade sought help from the Government. Home Minister V.S. Acharya and district in-charge Minister J. Krishna Palemar, MP Nalin Kumar Kateel, and chairman of Alva’s Foundation Mohan Alva were present.

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