'Kodagu is an integral part of Karnataka'

Madikeri hosts Jagrithi Samavesha

Kodagu should not be separated from Karnataka. Though the language of Kodagu is different, all kinds of transactions are being carried out in Kannada. Kodagu is an integral part of Karnataka, said Litterateur De Javare Gowda.

He was speaking after inaugurating the Jagrithi Samavesha organised by Karnataka Kavalu Pade at Cauvery Kalakshetra in Madikeri on Thursday. Rejecting any language is same as rejecting Goddess Saraswathi. Hence, one should learn and accept other languages, including English, he said.

Farmers’ movement leader and MLA K S Puttannaiah said that though the people from outside the state learn Kannada, our own people neglect the language. The culture, cuisine and solidarity in Karnataka cannot be found elsewhere, he added.

Linguistics expert Dr Kikkeri Narayan, delivering a special lecture, said that the regional languages are vanishing due to the effect of globalisation and westernisation. About 3,000 of 7,500 languages have been extinct over a span of 5,000 years, he said.

Litterateur C P Krishnakumar said that the language and culture of the place will thrive only when every Kannadiga contributes his share.

Karnataka Kavalu Pade State President M Mohankumar Gowda delivered a keynote address. Kavalu Pade Cultural Committee President Sathish Javare Gowda, District unit President M Krishna, City Municipal Corporation President Julekabi, Kannada Sahitya Parishat district President T P Ramesh were present among others.

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