Inaugurating Kodava Sahithya-Sanskriti Sangama organised by Kushalnagar Kodava Sahithya Academy on Sunday, he said that it is not just the Kodavas but each and every community must come united to save their own culture and traditions and thereby save the actual identity of the country.
“The State government has increased the Kodava Academy funds from Rs 20 lakh to Rs 40 lakh. It is also providing Rs 1 lakh each to five researchers who will take up study on Kodava culture,” he said. Kodava Samaja President Cholanda A Muddappa presiding over the programme said that preservation of culture should begin from every house.
Sanskriti Sangama was a lavish spectacle for the audience as it showcased some of the traditional Kodava art forms. Ummathat, Bolakatt, Kolat, Kattiyatt, Kappeyatt were staged during the cultural programme showing the richness of the region. Bolakatt presented by Kotebetta Eshwar cultural troupe bagged appreciation. Later, Igguthappa Sports and Culture Association President Karnanda Arun Monappa presenting a paper on ‘Social problems faced by the Kodavas’ said that everyone should strive to save Kodava culture. “Kodavas should stop migrating to other regions. Kodagu has become a land of outsiders and in such a situation Kodavas have become a minority here. The Government must provide employment reservation and other facilities to Kodavas,” he said. Muvera Ganesh presented a talk on ‘Kodava culture-yesterday-today and tommorow’.