'History should motivate future'

'History should motivate future'

Mangalore University to start diploma, certificate course in Kodava language from 2013

There is ample opportunity for research in history of Kodagu, literature and sculpture, opined History Researcher Dr M G Nagaraj. 

Speaking at the one-day  seminar on ‘Kodagu: historical perspectives and contemporary issues’ organised jointly by Kodava Samskrithika Adhyayana Peeta and Mangalore University history department at Field Marshal Cariappa College in Madikeri, he said history and folkart in Kodagu are inter-related. 

History should motivate the future. There is a need to look at history from scientific perspective. Just like the way a litterateur requires experiences to write a good book, the researcher should have creativity to produce something new. He said that river Cauvery has been flowing since 10 lakh year.

Writer Dr Bovveriyanda Najnamma Chinnappa said that she along with her husband is carrying out research on ‘Ain mane’. There are more than 700 ‘Ain Mane’ in the district. 

About 60 per cent of ‘Ain Mane’ has lost the original structure and have been modernised. To preserve love for culture and nature, ‘Ain Mane’ is essential, she said. 

District Kannada Sahitya Parishat former president T P Ramesh said there is a need to review few historical documents. However, the review should not give room for controversy. 

Kodava Study Centre should bring out works of Dr M G Nagaraj. 

Kodava Sahitya Academy immediate past president Aimudiyanda Rani Machaiah was felicitated. 

Mangalore University History department Head  Dr Hanuma Nayak welcomed the gathering while Kodava Study Centre convenor Dr K M Lokesh gave a introductory remarks. 

Diploma in Kodava

Mangalore University Vice-Chancellor Prof T C Shivashankaramurthy said that diploma and certificate course in Kodava language will be started in PG Centre at Chikkaluvar from 2013. 

He said a museum would be set up to portray the culture of Kodavas. An expert committee has been constituted in this regard. 

The state government had released Rs 25 lakh to Kodava Study Centre three years ago. The Kodava Sahitya Academy had sanctioned Rs 5 lakh to the Centre, he added.