'Kodava language should be taught in schools'

Academy to meet CM to keep forth demand.

Karnataka Kodava Sahithya Academy has decided to take a delegation to the Chief Minister to press for introduction of Kodava as a language of studies from sixth to tenth standard in the district.

Academy President C Karyappa presiding over the inaugural programme of Kodava Sanskritira Ber Ain Mane, on Thursday, at Kunjilageri Chottera Ain Mane, in Virajpet, said that if Kodava is introduced as subject in the schools, it will only boost the interest of the students in knowing more and learning more about the rich Kodava culture and traditions.

“Kodava is a unique language in Southern India. The life stories of Field Marshal Kariappa, General Thimmaiah, Appachu Kavi and seven others should be included as lessons in the text,” he said adding that the Academy has brought out various books in Kodava language. Government has released Rs 40 lakh to Kodava Academy.

Virajpet Akrama Sakrama Samiti President Mandepanda Suja Kushalappa said that Kodava culture is distinct and unique and hence the present generation shoulders the greatest responsibility of passing it on to the next generation in its pristine form.

Litterateur Boveriyanda Nanjamma Chinnappa said that Ain Mane is the root of Kodava culture and hence each and every family in Kodagu has the responsibility of saving it.
Dr Kalyatanda Chinnappa presented paper on ‘Sanskriti Ber’ and said that if Kodava culture has to remain then Ainmane has to be saved.

Traditional dance forms of Kodagu Bolakatt, Ummathatt and other programmes were staged.

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