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Designer look for Kannada script

Designer look for Kannada script

Special Correspondent

When everything around us has changed, why not the language script?

INGENUITY: The new look Kannada letter ’Na’ designed by K. Manohar Acharya. MANGALORE: Kannada poets have showered praises on Kannada script. Some describe it as a lovely creeper and some a garland of pearls. But the way Englishmen have attempted at giving a designer look to their script is sadly missing in Kannada, according to the Bangalore-based designer, K. Manohar Acharya.

He is here to organise “Chandada Kannada” (beautiful Kannada), an exhibition, at Prasad Art Gallery in Ballalbagh from March 14 to 18. It is the result of his 25-year efforts to raise the visual appeal of Kannada script. He claims that this was the first designer script exhibition of Kannada language.

“If English has such a great influence on the most ancient civilisation of Indus valley, there ought to be a reason for it. “What is that? We must do some R and D,” Mr. Prasad said, inviting large corporate houses and the Government to take the lead.

Is it so important? “We are in a competitive world. Can you send an untrained person to Olympics?” he questioned. He said lack of research on script was to be blamed for the failure that the language was suffering from in its own land.

He suggested that one should take a look at things around him or her. “Has not the way we dress changed? The place we live, the way we look, have all changed. Our cars, our utensils, furniture have changed,” he said and added that this should naturally be extended to Kannada scripts.

“In the emerging global village, English has continuously evolved and its script too has gone global. Designers have played the architects’ role. Stretch the letters “A” and “B” that appear on a visiting card or a marriage invitation as much as you can and observe it. Keep watching the impact of the action once, twice and thrice. You will know what a designer can do to letters,” he said.

Mr. Prasad, who hails from Dakshina Kannada region and works in Bangalore, hopes his five-day exhibition will sow the seeds of change towards improving the visual appeal of Kannada script. If anyone is fed up of the kind of invitation cards, unchanged for centuries, the blame cannot rest on Mr. Prasad for that.



March 11, 2008 - Posted by | KANNADA

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