: A seminar on Culture held here on Wednesday urged the authorities to include Kasaragod, known for its confluence of seven languages and its distinct cultural heritage, in the World Heritage list.

The seminar noted that Kasaragod district could perhaps be the only area where over seven languages are spokean as  mother tongue by various sections of society. The district can boast 12 rivers with pristine landscape. The region once had over 150 acclaimed writers and poets and still has many artists of eminence, District Collector Anand Singh said while inaugurating the function.

The northern most part of Kerala has a rich cultural tradition with the development of ‘Yakshaganam,' ‘Mappilappattu,' ‘Qawali' by the Urdu speaking Muslim community, he said.

At the one-day seminar, speakers stressed the need to create awareness among the young generation of the rich and varied cultural traditions of the region instead of an area notorious for smuggling,  hotbed of communal violence and the hapless victims of suspected spraying of Endosulfan pesticide in parts of the district.

The language spoken in this part of world is distinct in itself due to the influence of various languages and there was a need to strengthen the bond of relationship among various sections and communities of society, the speakers said.

At the function held at the Collectorate Conference hall, the District Collector honoured social activist Narayanan Periya for his contributions towards the growth of Malayalam language and senior journalist Radhakrishnan Uliyathadkka for enriching Kannada language through his writings.