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All smiles:Dramatist Kanchana Sanjeeva Rai speaking to one of the children at the Tulu Sahitya Academy's award-presentation function in Bangalore on Saturday.
All smiles:Dramatist Kanchana Sanjeeva Rai speaking to one of the children at the Tulu Sahitya Academy's award-presentation function in Bangalore on Saturday.

Staff Reporter

Karnataka Tulu Academy Award for 2009 presented

BANGALORE: V. Dhananjay Kumar, Karnataka's special representative in New Delhi, on Saturday said that it was time to include Tulu in the Eighth Schedule of the Constitution when the State Government had declared that the language could be taught in school.

Speaking at the annual Tulu Sahitya Academy award-presentation ceremony here, Mr. Kumar said that in 2002, the then Defence Minister George Fernandes, who is from coastal Karnataka, made efforts to get Tulu included in the Eighth Schedule. However, conditions such as it should be the State language, and it should be taught in school, prevented Tulu from getting the official language status.

The State had declared Tulu as the third language which could be taught from the sixth standard onwards in Tulu-speaking areas such as Dakshina Kannada, Udupi, and parts of Chikmagalur and Shimoga districts. With this, the task had become easy. He would make every effort in New Delhi to get the language included in the Eighth Schedule, Mr. Kumar said.

Responding to Mr. Kumar's remarks, Home Minister V.S. Acharya said inclusion of Tulu in the Eighth Schedule was the single-point agenda of Tulu-speaking people. The Government and the academy would extend all support to Mr. Kumar, Dr. Acharya said.

Primary and Secondary Education Minister Vishweshwar Hegde Kageri said English had become a threat to other languages and urged people to exercise caution in this regard. Asking parents to teach their children in mother-tongue, he said Tulu textbooks would be ready soon.

The Academy Award for 2009 was presented to T. Ramakrishna Shetty (research and literature), Bhoja Suvarna (Tulu theatre and film) and Kanchana Sanjeeva Rai (Tulu Yakshagana). The literary award was presented to Muddu Moodubelle (Tulu epic Kannega), Lalita Rai (Tulu novel Desantaro) and Poovappa Kaniyoor (research book Moukhika Sankathana).

Academy Chairman Palthady Ramakrishna Achar, Secretary B. Chandrahasa Rai, and Kannada and Culture Secretary Jayaramraje Urs were present.

Children troubled

Despite the instruction not to use children to welcome the VIPs, two children in Yakshagana attire were made to stand for several hours at the Tulu Academy award-presentation function here on Saturday. They were made to greet the VIPs at the entrance to Ravindra Kalakshetra and escort them to the stage. They were also made to escort the award-winners to receive the honour and give a short rendition of Yakshagana. Organisers seemed to have ignored the instruction by Ministers V.S. Acharya and Vishweshwar Hegde Kageri not to trouble the children.

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