'Love for books has not diminished'

Tulu Sahitya Academy should give priority to academic activities

'Love for books has not diminished'

Mayor Rajani Dugganna inaugurating Bisu Minadana organised by the Karnataka Tulu Sahitya Academy in Mangalore on Monday.  dh photo

Speaking at the “Bisu Minadana” organised by the Karnataka Tulu Sahitya Academy here on Monday, he said “there is a wrong notion among people that reading habits are declining. However, it is not true. The knowledge which is available on internet is not permanent. Such knowledge can be destroyed by using a virus. However, the knowledge in books are permanent. There is no dearth of books as books get released everyday.”

Tulu Sahithya Academy should give priority to academic activities by giving importance to the publication of books and reaching out to the masses. The literature, folk culture of lower sections of the society should be documented and preserved for the future generation.

“There is a wrong notion among people that Tulu language, culture and tradition are on the verge of extinct. However, it is not true,” he observed.

Mayor Rajani Dugganna said “in the past festivals were joyous moments. However, now, everyday we prepare dishes, sweets unlike yesteryears. Earlier, on the day of Bisu or Vishu, the tenants were given gifts by the landlords. However, we do not find such system in today’s nuclear family. The joint family system is thing of past. We are engrossed with ourselves so much that we do not have time to interact with our extended family members.”

Mangalore Tulu Koota President Damodar Nisarga said “Tulu literatures are not inferior to Kannada literature. Tulu literature and culture stands tall in the society. All the forms of Tulu culture, folklores should be documented and written so that it is passed on to the future generation. The Tulu literature should throw light into the values in Tulu culture.”

‘Bharatha Kavyo Pasadi’ by Kasargod retired Principal Dr K Kamalaksha, ‘Ananthavritha kathe’ by Kasargod Government College Lecturer Dr Radhakrishna Bellur, ‘Tulunada Collegeled Kalpuna Joklena Tulu Bhasha Jnana bokka Balake’ by Bantwal First Grade College Lecturer Dr Ajakkala Girish Bhat, ‘Posagadelu’ by Prof Amruth Someshwar, ‘Neyi-per’ (collection of poems) by Bhaskar Rai Kukkuvalli, Lecturer Government PU College, Chelyar, ‘Pannambaro’ by Yogish Kanchan, ‘Tulunadda Haridaser’ by Srimathi Rao, ‘Tulu Janapada Samskrithi Purubale’ by writer H Shakunthala Bhat were released by Prof Amruth Someshwar on the occasion. Tulu light music CD ‘Aa Neeli Banode’ by Gangadhar Padubidri, and the 50th issue of quarterly magazine of Academy ‘Kalase’ (Pudipu’ ) were released by Damodar Nisarga.

Governemtn First Grade College Principal Dr Padekallu Vishnu Bhat, Thenkanidiyur First Grade College Lecturer Dr Nikethana, SriKrishna Yaksha Sabha Secretary Sudhakar Rao Pejawar, Mangalore University Kannada department lecturer Dr Shivaram Shetty, Academy President Dr Palthadi Ramakrishna Achari, Registrar Chandrahas Rai were present on the occasion.

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