Kannada, Kannadiga, Kannadigaru, Karnataka,

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‘Don’t let English kill regional literature’

‘Don’t let English kill regional literature’


Snehal Rebello




BHARATIYA JNANPITH Award winner, U.R. Ananthamurthy, expressed concern about the future of regional writing in the country. “We should not become mere reputations. People must read us. There should be direct translation of our works which is not happening,” he said on Saturday at the inauguration of a threeday national seminar organised by the University of Mumbai’s Gurudev Tagore Chair of Comparative Literature.

Earlier before the seminar, Ananthamurthy, a Kannada fiction writer, was felicitated along with six Jnanpith awardees by Chancellor S.M. Krishna.

Reiterating Ananthamurthy’s views was Telegu writer C. Narayan Reddy, who spoke in chaste Hindi.

“There is a need to promote works of recognised native writers. English is a post-colonial language that is being given far more significance than our language,” he said.

The message comes at a time when universities abroad, especially in the UK and the US have established advanced centres for Sanskrit, Tamil, Gujarati and even Marathi.

Ananthamurthy said that while his generation grew up reading works of Rabindranath Tagore, Bankim Chandra Chatterjee and Sarat Chandra Chatterjee, post-independence India has seen a historical shift.

“We only read European literature. Let this worry us,” Ananthamurthy said.

“The comparative literature department must study this and render translation to the works of Tagore and other regional writers,” he added.

With most opining that the English language must compulsorily spoken to empower all equally, Assamese writer Indira Goswami said English and the local language must be taught at an early age. “The two must go hand-in-hand,” said Goswami.

Writers’ honour Bharatiya Jnanpith awardees who were felicitated on Saturday: Marathi: Vinda Karandikar Gujarati: Rajendra Shah Punjabi: Gurdial Singh Kannada: U.R. Ananthamurthy Telegu: C. Nayaran Reddy Assamese: Indira Goswami Tamil: D. Jayakanthan


October 15, 2006 - Posted by | KANNADA Language Issues, SAMPADA KANNADA

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