Polali, Aug 02: District incharge minister B. Ramanath Rai inaugurated the 19th Zilla Kannada Saahitya Sammelana here at at Polali Shri Rajarajeshwari temple ground. The convention will validate on August 03.
“Language should unite everyone and not cause hatred. Everybody should be proud of their language,” said B Ramanath Rai, district in-charge minister of Dakshina Kannada district, after inaugurating the conference.
He opined that the literary conference upheld the grandeur and superiority of Kannada language. He also said that the importance of a language increases with its use.
“Though the emergence of a united Karnataka is our desire, the inclusion of several parts of Kasargod has not been possible due to several reasons. We regret it,” he added.
Taluk panchayat member Gunavathi lit the lamp. Kariangala gram panchayat president D Chandrashekar Bhandari hoisted the national flag.
The parishad flag was hoisted by S Pradeep Kumar Kalkoora, district Kannada sahitya parishad president. Polali Rajarajeshwari temple managing trustee Dr M Manjayya Shetty hoisted the conference flag.
MP Nalin Kumar Kateel said that Tulu was the mother of the people of Dakshina Kannada and Kannada the foster mother. “Only the people of Tulunadu have given so much respect to foster mother,” he said.
Dr Kinnikambala Padmanabha Rao, renowned computer scientist and the president of 19th district Kannada literary conference said, “If writings are released from the enchainment of script, it is possible for us to be world readers.”
The felicitation programme of the scholars was held for the first time.
Senior scholar Kodimajalu Anantha Upadyaya, senior law scholar Nuyi Srinivasa Rao, senior dramatist Sadananda Suvarna, Yakshagana scholar Dr M Prabhakar Joshi, senior Bhagavatha Agari Raghuram Bhagavatha, senior researcher professor A V Navada, senior Janapada scholar Dr Palthadi Ramakrishna Achar and Madhav Bhat were felicitated by P Jayarama, managing director of Karnataka Bank.
Ramakrishna Tapovana, president Swami Viveka Chaitanyananda, senior author Arya Laxmi Narana Alva, Ulipadi Guthu Taranatha Alva, Ulipadi Guthu Rajesh Naik, businessman Sesappa Kotian, zilla panchayat president Asha Thimmappa Gowda, Karnataka Tulu Sahitya Academy president Janaki Brahmavara, Konkani Sahitya Academy president Roy Castelino, Dakshina Kannada deputy commissioner A B Ibrahim, Udupi district Kannada sahitya parishad president Nilavara Surendra Adiga, district deputy director of instruction Jayashekar Moses, Kannada and culture department deputy director Chandrahas Rai, Bantwal education official Sheshashayana Karinja, Bantwal taluk panchayat executive officer Cyprian Miranda, Kariagala grama panchayat president Chandrashekar Bhandari, Puttur Kannada sahitya parishad president Varadaraja Chandragiri and others were present.
Retired principal professor G Shanker welcomed. Bantwal Kannada sahitya parishad president Jayananda Peraje proposed the vote of thanks. Ramachandra Rao compered the programme.
Nadoja professor K P Rao, zilla Kannada sahitya parishad president Pradeep Kumar Kalkura, Ulipadiguthu Ramanatha Marla, Ammunje Guthu Shankera Shetty, Polali Vasudev Bhat, Arkula Subraya Achar, H F Odeyar and school children were also present.