Students urged to take up Kannada research studies

Students urged to take up Kannada research studies

Dr C Nagabhushan, director of the Bangalore University Post-graduation Centre, inaugurates the National Kannada Research Workshop organised on Wednesday in Kolar by the Kannada Sahitya Parishat district unit.DH photoBangalore University Post-graduation Centre Director C Nagabhushan lamented at the fact that not many students are keen on taking up research studies instead are opting for creative studies.

Addressing a gathering after inaugurating a district-level National Kannada Research workshop here on Wednesday, Nagabhushan observed that “Students, these days presume that doing research will take a toll on them. So much so that they are not even aware of the primary details of their own village or town.”

He called upon the students not to be prejudiced that “it’s a difficult area” and urged them to take up research studies. It is ncessary that to understand that doing research is far more a thing of a pride. “It is beneficial to the people.”

However, it is necessary to conduct research that concerns the people. On the occasion, Nagabhushan emphasised on the fact that  the historical Virupaksha temple needs to be documented.

Later, Prof Chandrashekhar Nangali spoke on challenges of research on Kolar district’s language, M R Nagaraj on research and use of technology and Dr Gopalakrishna on opportunities in research.

Workshop director Prof K R Jayashree, K Prahlad Rao, Dr Devara Kondareddy, Prof K Narasimhan were present on the occasion.

‘Hosagannada starts with Thathaiah’

Prof Chandrashekhar Nangali said Kaivara Thathaiah who has contributed tremendously to old Kannada (Halagannada) literature must be recognised for his love for Kannada.

“The advent of New Kannada literature (Hosa Kannada) can be traced to works of Kaivara Thathaiah than Kempunarayana and Muddana.” It is unfair to brush aside Thathaiah’s works as they are in Telugu. He has written in Kannada, Telugu and Kannada-Telugu, Nangali said.

Although Shishunala Sharif’s literature came much later, there is no recognition for Thathiah, whose works greatly contributed to the growth of Kannada language, the
professor added.

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