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‘Pull non-Kannadigas into the Kannada pool’

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Kannada Sahitya Sammelana begins

Veteran poet Channaveera Kanavi, ‘Sammelanadhyaksha’ Prof. Shivanand Gali and senior writer Ham.Pa. Nagarajaiah in conversation during the inaugural session of the 9th Zilla Kannada Shitya Sammelana in Hubli on Monday.— PHOTO: KIRAN BAKALE
Veteran poet Channaveera Kanavi, ‘Sammelanadhyaksha’ Prof. Shivanand Gali and senior writer Ham.Pa. Nagarajaiah in conversation during the inaugural session of the 9th Zilla Kannada Shitya Sammelana in Hubli on Monday.— PHOTO: KIRAN BAKALE

Instead of switching over to English just because the other person doesn’t know your language, efforts should be made to pull the non-Kannadigas into the Kannada pool and help them “learn to swim in the Kannada pool”, ‘Sammelanadhyaksha’ of the 9th Dharwad Zilla Kannada Sahitya Sammelana Prof. Shivanand Gali has said.

He was delivering his address during the inaugural ceremony of the Dharwad district level Kannada literary convention at the Lingarajnagar Samuday Bhavan in Hubli on Monday.

Prof. Gali said that only when the others were pulled into the Kannada pool and taught to swim, Kannada would emerge as a strong force.

Prof. Gali said that languages like Tamil had the strength to make the governments bow before them and Kannada to should become a force like that too.

Stressing the need to strengthen Kannada further, Prof. Gali said that Kannada had become weak when compared to Tamil, Bengali, Telugu and Hindi. “Had the Kannadigas followed the path shown by writers like B.M. Shreekantaiah, the language would have become strong now and no politician would have dared to speak against Kananda,” he said.

Inaugurating the two-day literary convention, veteran poet Channaveera Kanavi referring to Matthew Arnold’s ‘Culture and Anarchy’, said that those claiming to the spokespersons of culture were taking the society towards anarchy.

He said that in the days of reality programmes and IPL, it was a dangerous development that attempts were being made to give a wrong picture of culture to the society. People were driven into to debt trap in the garb of consumerism. He said that no religion or religious leader were in a position to lead the society out of these problems.

Speaking Kannada

Chairperson of Karnataka Sahitya Academy Prof. Malati Pattanashetty, writer Guruling Kapase, ‘Sammelanadhyakshe’ of the previous district level literary convention Prof. Sarojini Shintri spoke on the need to increase the usage of Kannada at home.

Senior writer Ham.Pa. Nagarajaiah said that there was no point in blaming non-Kannadigas for the state of Kannada as it was the Kannadigas who were responsible for it.

Stressing the need to use of Kannada numbers in speech while conversing over cell phone, he said that even small steps went a long way in development of Kannada.

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