'Find solutions to mind boggling issues'

Kodagu district Kannada Sahitya Sammelana concludes

Zilla Panchayat CEO N Krishnappa, Deputy Commissioner K H Ashwathnarayana Gowda, MP H Vishwanath, Sammelan President Dr Padmashekhar, lecturer Dr Krishnamoorthy Hanur and others in the valedictory programme of the eighth Kodagu district Kannada Sahitya  Sammelan in Moornadu on Thursday.

Irrespective of all the differences, Kannadigas must find solutions to the mind boggling issues by organising Sahitya Sammelan, urged Mysore University Kuvempu Kannada Department lecturer Dr Krishnamoorthy Hanur.

In his valedictory address at the eighth Kodagu district Kannada Sahitya Sammelana held in Moornadu on Thursday, he said that Kannadigas are in puzzled state. There is confusion over whether we have to preserve our nation’s culture or should accept the palace culture. The resort culture which is prevailing in nook and corner of Kodagu is posing a severe threat to the culture and tradition of Kodagu. Everyone has the right to live in the place of their choice, but it does not mean that one can encroach the land and stay, he said.

The professor expressed his concern over the shrinking usage of Kannada language. “Kannada language is limited to Karnataka and is not used outside, but on the contrary, other languages are dominating in our State which is a negative trend,” he lamented.Felicitating the Sammelana President Dr Padmashekhar, Kendra Kannada Sahitya Parishat Honourary treasury Pundalika Halambi said, there is a necessity to organise Sahitya Sammelana from hobli-level to the State-level so as to bring awareness about Kannada and to nurture and support the talents. It is only the Kannada language which has the power to unite Kannadigas, he said.

Reviewing the Sammelana, Dr Padmashekhar appreciated the way in which the relevant local issues were discussed in the sessions. The experts put forth their thoughts with deep understanding of the subject, she remarked. Defending herself for using the word ‘Malayali Kutti’ in her inaugural speech, she said “I did not use the word ‘Kutti’ to hurt anyone’s feelings. For me ‘Kutti’ stands for the child. I believe the Malayali brothers in Kodagu have encouraged the sense of brotherhood.”

Speaking on the occasion, DC K H Ashwathnarayana Gowda announced that the construction work of Suvarna Samskrutika Samuchchaya will commence within a month.

“A sub committee has been formed to look into the Baane issue and I can assure that the problem will be solved within two-three months,” he said.

MP H Vishwanath declined the possibilities of the resort culture affecting the Kodava culture.

“Even the booming of few hundred resorts would not disturb Kodava culture. The land, culture and the people here have that strength,” he assured.

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