Erya decries separatist cry
Bishop, Shivacharya, Chittani, Kasaravalli among 10 conferred Nudisiri awards
The three-day literary fest Alva’s Nudisiri-2012 concluded on a colourful note at Alva’s campus in Moodbidri on Sunday.
The valedictory programme marked the conferring of Alva’s Nudisri award on 10 eminent personalities from various fields. The recipients of Alva’s Nudisri award-2012 were Mangalore Bishop Dr Aloysius Paul D’Souza (Kannada education), Sanehalli Mutt seer Panditaradhya Shivacharya (Kannada and culture), Dr C P Krishnakumar (literature), Girish Kasaravalli (cinema), Dr Siddhalingaiah (literature), Vaijayanti Kashi (dance and serial), Ramachandra Heggade Chittani (Yakshagana), Dr Vishnu Naik (literature), Subhadramma Mansoor (theatre), Loka Shikshana Trust (publication). The award comprised of cash prize of Rs 10,000, citation and a memento. †
No separatist cry
Delivering the valedictory address, litterateur Erya Lakshminarayan Alva strongly opposed the separatist cry that is heard in various parts of the State and stressed on the need to promote the concept of ‘Akhanda Karnataka’ (united Karnataka). If Tuluvas or the Kannadigas in other districts demand for a separate state based on linguistic and cultural difference, it would dismantle Karnataka into pieces.
“Those who are demanding for a separate state, should understand the fight for unification of Karnataka. If separation is the solution to the existing problems, then what was the necessity for Kannadiga leaders to fight in the unification movement,” he asked.
Emphasising on the need to promote Halegannada in the young generation, he said if the children can learn an alien language like English, why are not they taught Halegannada. The epics like Ramayana and Mahabharata are significant not for their religious implications, but for the values they promote, Erya said.
Receiving the award, recipients claimed that the award weighed much more than any other awards, for the spirit and honesty with which it is given.
Pointing at the event’s success, litterateur Prof K S Nisar Ahmed who presided over Nudisiri said that perhaps for the first time, four litterateurs who have presided over Kannada Sahitya Samillana earlier, patriciated in Nudisiri this season. The four litterateurs are Nisar Ahmed, Dr U R Anathamurthy (who inaugurated the event), Prof G Venkatasubbaiah (who was given a special felicitation) and Dr C P Krishnakumar (one of the recipients of Nudisiri award).
The final day of the literary fest witnessed a session on ‘Art-Media Movement.’ Renowned theatre person Raghunandan spoke about theatre movements, Kannada cinema director Girish Kasaravalli spoke about the role of cinema and serials in movements, while media professor from Mysore University Dr Niranjan Vanalli spoke about movements in print media.
Cultural programmes including Bharatanatyam dance ballet by Kalaniketana, Belthangady and Nrityalaya, Karkala, Carnatic music recital by Marathe sisters, Hindustan guitar recital by Samarth D Desai, Koochipudi dance, puppet show too entertained the literary and cultural enthusiasts.
All praise for Nisar
Dr Alva was all applauds for President of Nudisri-2012, Prof K S Nisar Ahmed for being a good audience all the three days. He said, for the first time in the history of Nudisri, the President of the literary fest had witnessed the cultural programmes that are organised at the venue during late evening. “All my efforts in the past to make the Presidents to watch the cultural programmes have gone in vain. But Prof Nisar broke the tradition and watched the cultural programmes performed by Alva’s students for four continous hours from 9.30 pm to 1.30 am,” Alva said.
Nudisiri, Virasat to be clubbed
Alva’s Education Foundation Chairman Dr M Mohan Alva on Sunday, announced that Alva’s Nudisiri and Virasat will be clubbed together and organised as one mega event from next year. The event will be titled as Akhila Bharata Alva’s Nudisiri Virasat. As Alva’s Nudisri will be celebrating its decennial year and Alva’s Virasat will be celebrating the 20th year, the event will be organised in a big way the next year. The event will be organised from December 19 to December 23, 2013 under the banner ‘Vishwa Alva’s Nudisiri Virasat.’ Vishwa Nudisiri will revolve around the theme of ‘Kannada Manassu: Andu, Indu, Mundu’ (Kannada mind: Past, present, future).