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Lighting the Lamp: Chairman of Kannada Books Authority Siddalingaiah inaugurating the Kannada Sogadina Samavesha in Shimoga on Thursday.
Lighting the Lamp: Chairman of Kannada Books Authority Siddalingaiah inaugurating the Kannada Sogadina Samavesha in Shimoga on Thursday.

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Four-day Sogadina Samavesha of the Kannada Development Authority inaugurated

Six sessions organised to discuss various dialects

Academics stress the importance of the spoken language

SHIMOGA: Chairman of the Kannada Book Authority Siddalingaiah has said that Kannada language and culture would face extinction if the richness and vibrancy of the language’s various dialects are not adequately appreciated and given pride of place.

Inaugurating a four-day Kannada Sogadina Samavesha (conference on Kannada’s grandeur) organised by the Kannada Development Authority at the P.E.S Institute of Technology and Management here, he said it was erroneous to consider the Sanskritised, puritan dialect as the real Kannada.

‘Real Kannada’

“It is the spoken language of the rural and tribal people, with all its different connotations, that form the basis of the real Kannada language,” he said. Six sessions on the different facets of Kannada were arranged on the first day of the conference and experts from all over the State participated. Mr. Siddalingaiah suggested that informal conversation should be popularised, and Kannada with a rustic flavour, which was heard in weekly markets and fairs, should be studied.

Member of the Kannada Development Authority and writer Na. D’Souza in his introductory remarks said that though the language was alive through its script, its real strength lay in the spoken form. He said that the conference aimed at identifying and recognising the contribution of various dialects to the language. Chairman of the Kannada Sahitya Academy M.H. Krishnaiah, who introduced the topic, said it was important to note the influence of other languages on Kannada in the bilingual border areas.

Chairman of the Karnataka Janapada Academy Go. Ru. Channabasappa appreciated the announcement by Minister for Railways Mamata Bannerjee that railway recruitment would be made in regional languages and said that other Union Government departments should follow suit. Director of the P.E.S Institute of Technology and Management S.Y. Arunadevi said that women, particularly in rural areas, had made a significant contribution to enriching Kannada through oral traditions that use informal language effortlessly.

Chairman of the Kannada Development Authority ‘Mukhyamantri’ Chandru, who presided over the inaugural function, said that the conference had been organised in a bid to preserve and protect the uniqueness of the Kannada language spoken in different styles in different parts of Karnataka.

Emphasising the need to strengthen Kannada at all levels, he said “cultural life is as good as dead if the language is allowed to die”.

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