'Give priority to education'

'Give priority to education'

Two-day Beary sammelan begins in Mangalore

Hajabba, who was overwhelmed to inaugurate the event in inaugural address urged the members of the community to give priority to education. “Every parent should encourage their children to pursue education, because education is as important as religion. I am an illiterate and I know the importance of education which made me to built a school for the children in my village ,” he said.

The Karnataka Beary Sahitya Academy President M B Abdul Rehaman in his introductory remarks called upon the Beary community members to educate their children without any discrimination.

Briefly reviewing the five literary works which were released on the occasion, Kendra Beary Sahitya Parishat Founder President Abdul Rahim Teeke said that the work ‘The Beary Language’ (Beary Bhashegalu in Kannada) authored by Dr Susheela P Upadhayaya which has five chapters in it, gives detailed information about the phonemics, morphphonemics, grammers and pronunciations of Beary language. “Chapter IV of the book deals with a comparative study on the Beary and Malayalam languages. Chapter five includes five folk stories in Beary language with the translated version.”

Speaking about the book ‘Tulunadina Bearygalu’ authored by Prof B M Ichlamgodu (‘The Bearys of Tulunadu’ translated by Tuffail Mohammad), Abdul Rahim said that the book speaks volumes about the Beary community members from Kasargod to Byndoor.

“The book informs how the Beary population increased in a span of 50 years between 1891 and 1947. The writer has provided a few information which are against the popular belief like all Bearys in this region were not merchants.”

Reviewing another book ‘Perime’ which is a collection of articles by 18 different authors, Rahim said out of 18 writers who have contributed articles to ‘Perime’, nine are non-Bearys.  The writers including Dr U P Upadhyaya, Prof Ichlamgodu, Prof Chandrakala Nandavara, Rahim Uchil and others have contributed to the book.


In the first session of the day, under the theme ‘Beary Badukina Thallanagalu’, writer Athoor Cheyyabba said that there is a need to create an awareness about the evil practice of dowry among the Beary community members. “Dowry system is a major drawback in the community which has put several Beary families into debt trap. If rich families spend luxuriously for the weddings, it is the poor community members who face hardships,” he said.

Jama-ats should take up issues were girls discontinue their education for silly reasons like for not allowing to wear head scarfs while entering the classrooms, he said.

Books, antiques, paintings, food were exhibited on the exhibition. Harekala Hajabba was confered ‘Akkarada Avadhootha’ award.

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