Kannada, Kannadiga, Kannadigaru, Karnataka,

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Bangalore, Oct. 11 (BRS)- Union Minister of State for Planning, M.V. Rajashekaran has disclosed that there are possibilities of the Central Government declaring Kannada as a classical language on Nov. 1, as a gift to the State on Rajyotsava.

He made the disclosure before unveiling the statue of Mahatma Gandhi in Gandhi Bhavan here yesterday. There is likelihood of the proposal to accord classical language status to Kannada be accepted in the next meeting of the union cabinet.

A lot of effort having been made by him to secure classical language status for Kannada, Rajashekaran also disclosed that he had discussed the subject on several occasions with Prime Minister Dr. Manmohan Singh. In that backdrop, the subject has found place in the agenda of the next cabinet meeting and there are possibilities of Kannada being accorded classical language status by November 1.


The chances of classical language status have brightened following the recommendations made by an Expert Committee in a four-page report. It has submitted the report to the government stating that Kannada language satisfies all the parameters required for a classical language.

In order to study whether Kannada language was qualified for being accorded classical language status, the Union Human Resources Ministry had constituted an Expert Committee under the chairmanship of Dr. Udyanarayana Singh of Mysore-based Central Institute of Indian Languages (CIIL). The Committee submitted its four-page report to the government on June 21, 2006.

“Kannada has all the standards and qualifications prescribed for a language to be accorded classical language status,” Dr. Singh has opined.

One of the standards relates to the history of the language. The language must have a literary history of at least 1,500 years. It must possess the feature of flow of knowledge from one generation to the next successively over centuries. It must have literature reflecting its own heritage. It must not be based on borrowing from other languages.

The literature of the language being considered for classical status may be different in style compared to that in contemporary times or its features may have undergone changes.

Influence over Tamil

According to Dr. Singh, Kannada language has all the above qualifying standards. In a further elaboration of his viewpoint, Dr. Singh said, “Renowned epigraphist Irvatham Mahadevan, in his treatise Early Tamil Epigraphy,’ has mentioned that the grammar of Tamil language had been influenced by Kannada language.”

He has also included in his treatise references to the fact that Kannada language was in full use as early as first century AD.

Rajashekaran’s role

Minister M.V. Rajashekaran has put in considerable efforts to convince Prime Minister Dr. Manmohan Singh the justification for according classical language status for Kannada, making it clear to him that Kannada had a history of two thousand years.


October 11, 2006 - Posted by | Blogroll, KANNADA


  1. Sadya olle vichaara tilisdri.

    Comment by Guru | October 13, 2006 | Reply

  2. Idu tumbaa olleya mattu santasa taruva vishaya.Naanu nanna maatra bhashege chiraruni.

    Comment by jaya | October 13, 2006 | Reply

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