Kodava Cultural Study Centre inaugurated

Foundation for Mangalore varsity PG Centre on November 15

MLC M C Nanaiah inaugurating Kodava Cultural Study Centre at FMC College on Monday.

Presiding over the inaugural programme of Kodava Cultural Study Centre on Monday, he said that the centre has been set up to conduct in depth study of Kodava culture and language.

“In another two to three years a separate building will be provided for the Centre. Students must make use of the Centre and contribute to safeguard Kodagu tradition and culture,” he said.

Inaugurating the Centre, MLC M C Nanaiah said that the Centre should grow up to reflect the aspirations of all Kodava speaking communities.

“Casteism is prominent in all all sectors in our country. The gap between religions, castes and sub-castes is widening everyday. The caste system has to disappear so that a healthy society can come into existence,” said Nanaiah suggesting the audience to read books on life of Dr B R Ambedkar who faced atrocities of various kinds in the name of caste and evil practices.

“Let us stop talking about religion. It is this very concept of religion, which is weakening and destabilising our society. Let us not pay much importance to caste and religious issues,” he said adding that people should not try to trace their roots because it is futile. Mangalore University Registrar Prof K Chinnappa Gowda said that the Varsity is contemplating to set up a cultural complex housing all the study centres in the University.

Centre Co-ordinator Dr K M Lokesh said that the centre will focus on Kodava language, culture, growth, history, family system etc.

Meanwhile Kodava Sahithya Academy Member Kalachanda Palangappa handed over various traditional and antique equipment to the centre from the Academy.

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