Kannada literature and language has witnessed significant changes because of the impact of English, novelist Na. D'Souza has said.

He was speaking after releasing Re-scribing Tradition , a book on South Indian art forms authored by Gururao Bapat, at the Indira Gandhi Government College for Women in Sagar on Friday. It was necessary to promote an exchange of ideas between English and Kannada, he said. Writer Kikkeri Krishnamurthy said in analysing the impact of modernism on art forms such as Yakshagana, Kuchupudi, and Kathakali, the author had documented the cultural history of South India. The journey of these art forms, which were limited to religious centres, was an interesting subject for academic study and research, he said.