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Hub of habba all set for jamboree

Hub of habba all set for jamboree
DH News Service Bangalore:
From Yakshagana at Ravindra Kalakshetra to folk craft at St George’s Square in Cubbon Park to Kannada plays at Town Hall to food festival at Palace Grounds…..the Karnataka flavour will be hard to miss.


The latest edition of Bengalooru Habba — the City’s own grand cultural jamboree — has more than a reputation to live up to as it is happening in the Suvarna Karnataka year. As the curtains go up on Sunday on the Big Bash, organised by the Artistes Foundation for the Arts (AFFA), the eight-day Habba promises to offer the very best in the State’s cultural traditions at venues spread across the City.

From Yakshagana at Ravindra Kalakshetra to folk craft at St George’s Square in Cubbon Park to Kannada plays at Town Hall to food festival at Palace Grounds…..the Karnataka flavour will be hard to miss. The festivities will also spill over to the streets, literally, courtesy yoga demonstrations, street magic-shows and theatre performances virtually all over the City.

Hindustani Mehfil at Ravindra Kalakshetra will host artistes including Balekhan Sahodararu, Pt Rajeev Taranath and Jayatheertha Mevundi, while Yuva Sangeetotsava at Nayana Auditorium will bring together some of the more exciting talents in the Carnatic music.

The Habba is set to host some top-notch artists and performers from across the spectrum, including Rashid Khan, Gundecha Brothers, Dr Padma Subramanyam, Prathiba Prahlad, Kadri Gopalnath, Shobhana, B Jayashree, Vani Ganapathy and others. English and Hindi plays will be staged at the JSS Auditorium.

The excitement will peak in the last three days of the festiva l— December 8 to 10 — as the Habba shifts into cosmopolitan mode, hosting everyone from Prasad Bidapa to Shivamani to Thermal & A Quarter. And the now-inevitable dash of Bollywood will be added to the proceedings with performances by Malaika Arora and singer Kailash Kher.

What’s more, a dance and music troupe from London is scheduled to put their ‘wares’ on show at the Habba, again adding that obligatory phoren touch to the festival.

Opening at Kalakshetra

Bengalooru Habba will open at 6.30 pm at Ravindra Kalakshetra on Sunday in the presence of Chief Secretary Malathi Das, Principal Secretary (Information and Kannada & Culture) I M Vittal Murthy and BMP Commissioner K Jairaj. Artistes Maya Rao, R K Srikanthan and Yenagi Belliappa will be honoured.

December 3, 2006 Posted by | Kannada News, Kannada Pressreleases | Leave a comment

Bonanza for Kasaravalli

Bonanza for Kasaravalli
Saturday November 4 2006 10:31 IST


One director, who is not only a well-known name nationally, but also internationally is Girish Kasaravalli. Generally there would be a gap of three to four years between his films. But this time the gap is less between his two latest films.

Last year, he made Haseena and this year there is Naayi Neralu. Both the films are attracting the media, at home as well as at world famous film festivals.

Haseena has been invited for Asia Pacific Film Festival at Berlin held in October and for two more film festivals to be held in November at Zimbabwe and Barcelona in Spain. Based on a short story by Bhanu Mushyaak, the film starred Chandrahas Ullal, Purushotham Talavaata, Ruthu and Chitra Shenoy.

His latest film Naayi Neralu too was awarded at the Asian Film Festival held in July. This film was based on a subject by popular Kannada writer Dr SL Bhairappa. The central theme deals with traditions, beliefs and modernity spanning three generations.

While Tara got the National award for best actress for Haseena, Pavithra Lokesh got the State award for best actress this year. Nayi Neralu is also the inaugural film at Kolkata Film Festival to be held on November 17.

In December, it will participate in the Karachi Film festival and the Palm Spring Film Festival at US; in January at the Bangkok Film Festival and the Roater Dam Film Festivals.

S Ramachandra Aithal who got the life time achievement award in Karnataka this year, is the cinematographer for both these films. Naayi Neralu is yet to be released.

November 6, 2006 Posted by | Kannada News, Kannada Pressreleases | 1 Comment

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Vishwa Kannada Samskruthi Sammelana in Bahrain

Vishwa Kannada Samskruthi Sammelana in Bahrain
DH News Service Shimoga:

Vishwa Kannada Samskruthi Sammelana will be held in Bahrain on December 15th and 16th. More than hundreds of artists and litterateur from within and outside the state are going to participate in the sammelana, said Dr K V Ashok Pai, Honorary President of the Vishwa Kannada Samskruhti Sammelana and President, K P Manjunatha Sagara, on Tuesday at a press meet.

The sammelana is jointly organised by Hridayavahini, Kannada newspaper of Mangalore and Bahrain`s Kannada Sangha. About 10,000 kannadigas will participate in the sammelana. There would be a poets meet, a meet on media and also a meet of non resident kannadigas. Bharatnatya, folk dances, Yakshagana and various and other cultural programmes would be organised.

A book and photo exhibition portraying the Kannada culture would be organised outside the premises of the auditorium. Moreover prizes would also be awarded to the selected photographs, they added.

A person who has made invaluable contributions in the field of Kannada literature and culture will be chosen as president of the sammelana. And people who have rendered great services in the field of art, literature, medicine would be felicitated with ‘Vishwa Manyaru’ award, they said.

Dr Ashok Pai, a well known psychiatrist released the logo of the Vishwa Kannada Samskruthi Sammelana during the press meet.

Interested participants need to send in their profile before October 12 to the following address : Hridayavani, Manjunath Associates, Raghu Building, Oorva Store, Mangalore -6.

For more details contact: 0824- 2455209, 9343343239.

October 4, 2006 Posted by | Kannada News, Kannada Pressreleases | 1 Comment

ಸುಸ್ವಾಗತ!!! ಕನ್ನಡ ನಾಡು, ನುಡಿ, ಸಂಸ್ಕೃತಿಯ ಸೊಗಡನ್ನು ನೆರೆನಾಡಿನಲ್ಲಿ ಪಸರಿಸುವ ಒಂದು ಪ್ರಾಮಾಣಿಕ ಪ್ರಯತ್ನ “ಕನ್ನಡ ಸಾಂಸ್ಕೃತಿಕ ಸಂಘ,ಐ ಐ ಟಿ ಮದರಾಸು”.

ಕನ್ನಡ ನಾಡು, ನುಡಿ, ಸಂಸ್ಕೃತಿಯ ಸೊಗಡನ್ನು ನೆರೆನಾಡಿನಲ್ಲಿ ಪಸರಿಸುವ ಒಂದು ಪ್ರಾಮಾಣಿಕ ಪ್ರಯತ್ನ “ಕನ್ನಡ ಸಾಂಸ್ಕೃತಿಕ ಸಂಘ,ಐ ಐ ಟಿ ಮದರಾಸು”.

ಕನ್ನಡ ಸಾಂಸ್ಕೃತಿಕ ಸಂಘ
ಐ ಐ ಟಿ ಮದರಾಸು

ಕನ್ನಡ ಸಾಂಸ್ಕೃತಿಕ ಸಂಘ, ಐ ಐ ಟಿ ಮದರಾಸು

ಛಾಯಾಚಿತ್ರಗಳು ಹೊಸ ಸೇರ್ಪಡೆ

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ಆಗಸ್ಟ್ ೨೩, ೨೦೦೬: ಸೆಪ್ಟೆಂಬರ್ ತಿಂಗಳ ಮೊದಲ ಭಾನುವಾರ ೩ನೇ ತಾರೀಕಿನಂದು ದಕ್ಷಿಣ ಚಿತ್ರ ಹಾಗೂ ಮಹಾಬಲಿಪುರಗಳನ್ನೊಳಗೊಂಡ ಒಂದು ದಿನದ ಪ್ರಾವಾಸವನ್ನು ಹಮ್ಮಿಕ್ಕೊಳ್ಳಲು ಆಯೋಜಕರು ನಿರ್ಧರಿಸಿದ್ದಾರೆ. ಬೆಳಗ್ಗೆ ೯:೦೦ ಗಂಟೆಗೆ ಐ.ಐ.ಟಿಯ ಗಜೇಂದ್ರ ವೃತ್ತದಿಂದ ಹೊರಟು ಸಂಜೆ ೭:೦೦ ಗಂಟೆಯ ಒಳಗಾಗಿ ಮರಳಿ ಬರುವ ಯೋಜನೆಯನ್ನು ಹಾಕಿಕೊಳ್ಳಲಾಗಿದೆ. ಸದ್ಯಕ್ಕೆ ಪ್ರವಾಸದ ವೆಚ್ಚವನ್ನು ರೂ.೧೫೦/- (Rs.150/-) ಎ೦ದು ನಿಶ್ಚಯಿಸಲಾಗಿದೆ. ಬಸ್ ಹಾಗೂ ಮದ್ಯಾಹ್ನದ ಊಟದ ವ್ಯವಸ್ತೆಯನ್ನು ಆಯೋಜಕರು ನಿರ್ವಹಿಸುವುದಾಗಿ ತಿಳಿಸಿದ್ದಾರೆ. ದಕ್ಷಿಣ ಚಿತ್ರದ ಪ್ರವೇಶ ದರ(ವಯಸ್ಕರಿಗೆ ರೂ.೫೦/- ಹಾಗೂ ಮಕ್ಕಳಿಗೆ ರೂ.೨೫/-), ದಾರಿಗೆ ಬೇಕಾಗುವ ನೀರು, ತಿಂಡಿ-ತಿನಿಸುಗಳನ್ನು ಸದಸ್ಯರೇ ತಮ್ಮೊಡನೆ ತರತಕ್ಕದ್ದು.

ಆಸಕ್ತರು ಈ ಕೆಳಕಂಡ ಆಯೋಜಕರಿಗೆ ಕೂಡಲೆ ಕರೆ ಮಾಡಬೇಕಾಗಿ ಅಥವ ಮಿಂಚಂಚೆ ಕಳುಹಿಸಬೇಕಾಗಿ ವಿನಂತಿ:
ಪ್ರದೀಪ (ದೂ: ೫೪೨೨ (ph: 5422), ಮಿಂಚಂಚೆ: pradeepk_50@yahoo.co.in)
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ದಕ್ಷಿಣ ಚಿತ್ರ (Dakshina Chitra)

ಮೂಲ : http://www.chennaionline.com/artscene/
ಮಹಾಬಲಿಪುರ (Mahabalipuram)

ಮೂಲ : http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mahabalipuram

ಹೆಚ್ಚಿನ ವಿವರ:

– ಧನಂಜಯ ಎನ್ (ಪಿಎಚ್.ಡಿ, ಗಣಕ ವಿಜ್ಞಾನ ಮತ್ತು ತಂತ್ರಜ್ಞಾನ ವಿಭಾಗ)

September 2, 2006 Posted by | Kannada News, Kannada Pressreleases | Leave a comment

July 31st, 2004 Press Report by EKAVI, Bangalore Press Club

Ella kannada abhimanigala antararashtriya vedike

Ella Kannada Abhimaanigala Vedike International “E-KAVI”

Background of Kannada Software Development “KSD”

· Concerned about the sorry state of affairs in Kannada software by Shri Poornachandra Tejaswi and Dr. Lingadevaru Halemane called for a meeting at CIIL, Mysore, on 25-5-2004. (refer Dr. Halemane’s article in Andolana)

· The evasive replies of KGP to the issues raised at the meeting indicated that KGP was incapable of solving Kannada software problems. (refer Sastry’s reply from KGP)

· Intrigued by KGP’s evasion, Shri Kumaraswamy of E-KAVI, USA, investigated into the reasons for KGP’s inadequacies and discovered that KGP was incompetent and un-professional. Some of the shocking revelations are: (refer Appendix I)

· Dr. Halemane and E-KAVI organized another meeting on the 16-7-2004 to allow a face-to-face, frank and free discussions between the KGP executives, the software experts and former KGP functionaries and concerned litterateurs like Shri Tejaswi, Dr. Chandrashekar Kambara, Dr. G. Venkatsubbiah and publishers like Shri Rajaram. The main conclusions which were communicated to the press were: (refer Appendix II)

· KGP, did not cooperate by absenting at the meeting and released to the press a statement full of lies which can be easily demolished based on facts like: (refer Appendix III)

Agenda of press meet and refutation of KGP lies

1) Shri Satheesh Gowda, spokesperson of E-KAVI, USA authorized by its International Convener and Founder, Shri V. M. Kumaraswamy, will brief the press about the various activities and achievements of E-KAVI (summarized below) and introduce the participating Kannada software developers who will refute the lies spread by KGP:

E-KAVI is an international organization to provide a forum for Kannada literature and culture. It organizes events in all parts of the world. E- KAVI, is the international gateway to Kannada and its Culture.
Padmashree Dr. Chandrasekhara Kambar inaugurated E-KAVI on October 4th 2003 at IRVINE, CALIFORNIA, USA with Shri V. M. Kumaraswamy at its helm.
E-KAVI is attempting to bring all Kannadigas together for the work of KANNADA in Bangalore, Karnataka and all over the world. Good progress has been achieved by E-KAVI in a short span.
E-KAVI will work with all Kannadigas, Balagas, Kootas, Organizations, Vedikes in all parts of Karnataka State and the world who uphold the PRIMACY and DIGINITY OF KANNADA.
E-KAVI has the following internet addresses and discussion groups:
v http://www.ekavi.org

v http://www.kannadavedike.org

v ekaviudyoga@yahoogroups.com

Some of the other important activities of E-KAVI in the pipeline are:
v To work towards making Kannada widely prevalent on the existing and future base of installed computers in Karnataka as well as it’s Diasporas around the world.

v Demand for immediate implementation of the recommendations of Dr. Sarojini Mahishi report.

v KUVEMPU Centenary Celebrations in the month of November, 2004.

v Adopting Schools, Adopting Villages, Establishing Scholarships for poor students, Teaching Computers to Village Students, Weekly Visit to Villages, Working with Slum Children and getting connected with all Taluks and Districts.

2) Shri T.S. Muthukrishnan of SRG Pvt. Ltd, will highlight, the corrupt means by which the some officials of Department of Information Technology, GOK colluded with an unknown and ill-equipped private body like Kannada Ganaka Parishat (KGP) to destroy the Kannada software industry by illegally developing a Kannada software called “Nudi” and monopolizing its supply throughout all GOK departments. (refer Shri Muthukrishnan’s note)

3) Shri Anbarasan of Applesoft, will emphasize the technically flawed process by which the standardization for Kannada fonts and keyboard was done and the totally untenable appointment of the Kannada Ganaka Parishat as the certifying agency and the mess it has created in the filed of Kannada software. (refer Shri Anbarasan’s note)

4) Shri Anand S.K. of Cyberscape Multimedia Ltd., will illuminate the unprofessional and illegal way that KGP functioned and the reason people like him who questioned these nefarious activities were thrown out of KGP. He will also give compelling evidence as to how, Nudi and Baraha was based on stolen Intellectual Property of their “AKRUTI” product and how KGP continues to thwart the development of Kannada software by using the proximity to the decision makers to prevent a level playing field for purchase of Kannada software.

5) Attention will also be drawn by all present to the flaws and lapses (refer Appendix IV) of KGP and Nudi as regards Kannada software and how unless rapid action is the existence of Kannada on computers and electronic devices is doomed.


E-KAVI and the Kannada Software developers who participated in this press meet demand that:

a) The illegal monopoly of KGP in distribution Nudi software should be stopped with immediate effect.

cool.gif The G.O. empowering KGP as the certifying agency and the sole developer for all Kannada software for the GOK should be withdrawn.

c) Constitute an independent committee with the representation of the Kannada software developers to look into future development and funding of Kannada software activities.

d) Demand return of all the funds illegally given to KGP by the GOK for the so-called development of Kannada software.

e) Independent scrutiny and detailed audit of all the funds given to KGP by DIT or other agencies of the GOK and take action on the wrong doers.

f) Compensate the software developers for loss of business over the last four years since the introduction of Nudi.

It is essential to take immediate corrective action, before the very usage of Kannada is eliminated from the computer and electronic mediums due to the flawed policies of DIT and KGP. Also in comparison with the progress made by other states and languages like Hindi and Tamil (refer Appendix V), Kannada has a lot of catching up to do so we implore GOK to wake up and act fast.

Signed on 31st July 2004 by:

Shri Satheesh Gowda, E-KAVI spokesman:

Shri Muthukrishnan, CEO, SRG Pvt Ltd.:

Shri Anbarasan, CEO, Applesoft:

Shri Anand S.K., CEO Cyberscape Multimedia Ltd.

Appendix I
Shocking revelations about KGP found by Shri V. M. Kumaraswamy of E-KAVI

KGP has misled the GOK about its ability to undertake all and sundry tasks of developing Kannada software. It has no real technical personnel or expertise or infrastructure to develop Kannada software
KGP is run as a personal fiefdom of just two or three key functionaries, who took arbitrary, secretive decisions without consulting the committee members; hence it is an unprofessional organization.
KGP has garnered GOK funds by making false claims about its ability to develop Kannada software. KGP functionaries are misusing the funds with possible collusion from some elements in GOK.
KGP’s only development to date, Kalitha/Nudi software has infringed on the Intellectual Property Rights of others like “Akruti” by being derived from “Baraha” which itself has admitted to being derived from “Akruti”.
KGP has also misused the trust of software developers, when they submitted their software for evaluation and have reverse engineered the features of their software and Intellectual property and created Nudi. Hence, Nudi is not the original work of KGP as claimed.
KGP has not completed the majority of the tasks assigned to it by GOK for which funds have been released and is doing some trivial tasks like typing Kannada classics in the name of Kannada software development. Thus it is hoodwinking the GOK.
KGP is in an untenable position as both the referee (certification agency), competitor (developer) and has declared itself as the winner (self declaration).
KGP is monopolizing the supply of software to the GOK, by claiming it developed it and released it as freeware, whereas funds amounting to more than 30 lakhs were sanctioned for it without due processes demanded by the Transparency Act, like a tender and thereby preventing any other software vendor from supplying to the GOK.
KGP has been tacitly allowed by DIT to establish a monopoly by insisting only on usage of Nudi in all e-Governance projects that too using non-standard (bilingual) fonts.
Appendix II
Conclusions of the meeting held at Vijayanagar Club on 16-7-2004
KGP showed its hostility and non-cooperation by not participating in the meeting probably to cover up its inadequacies.
KGP is not equipped to shoulder the onerous responsibility of standardizing or certifying Kannada software due to lack of technical ability and inadequate skilled manpower or infrastructure, and hence the G.O. permitting it to certify Kannada software for standards compliance should be immediately withdrawn.
The GOK should constitute a two tier committee with immediate effect having people concerned about Kannada and Kannada software from various disciplines like literature, arts, academia, research institutions, software industry and non profit organizations. This committee should henceforth guide the development of Kannada software regarding standards, certification, funding of research and development and implementation and progress of Kannada usage in the GOK and the other public spheres.
Nudi developed by KGP using questionable means had become a monopoly and though it flouted the standards set by GOK and had some serious flaws, due to the support within the GOK by DIT, it was being imposed on all departments and undertakings as the only solution. This was against free and fair competition and hence Nudi’s monopoly should be curbed in interests of Kannada software development and opportunity should be given to all software developers whose software complied with the GOK standards.
Since Nudi was developed using GOK funds, it should be made “Open Source” and any interested developer should be able improve on it and make it available to the public, thereby reducing reliance on a sole agency like KGP, which as pointed out earlier was inadequately equipped for the task.

Appendix III
Refutation of the lies spread by KGP

Lie No. 1: KGP is not a certifying agency for Kannada software
This lie is exposed by the notification (attached herewith), which clearly states that KGP is appointed for certification. DIT has requested all the Kannada software developers to get their software certified from KGP, which is a certifying agency. KGP has examined the Kannada software of various Kannada software developers and issued a scrutiny report. This clearly proves that KGP is a certifying agency.
Lie No. 2: KGP is not a monopoly
DIT has sent a letter wherein it clearly states that Nudi is a testing software only (available free from KGP / DIT) and is to be used for testing for standards compliance of Kannada software.
In their elaborate letter to Lokayayukta (extract attached), DIT explicitly mentions that Nudi is a full-fledged software. If this is the case why would any GOK department need any other software and hence in reality DIT is thrusting Nudi in the guise of testing software to all its departments.
As part of its Mahiti project, the entire secretariat was interlinked using networked computers. It was insisted that all departments should send documents in Kannada using Nudi format only. This is a clear signal to all GOK departments regarding its clear preference for Nudi to the exclusion of others.
It is also claimed by DIT in its reply to Lokayukta(extract attached), that by using Nudi and only Nudi, savings to the tune of Rs. 24 lakhs, were effected by the GOK. This exposes the lie, that Nudi was a testing software as claimed earlier and was in fact a tool to exclude any other software vendor (though complying with standards) from supplying to the GOK.
The preamble to the G.O maa.tham.e 234 a.da.vi 2001 dated 27.12.2001 clearly outlines the role of KGP as a sole Kannada software developer. QUOTE sarkaradha kacherigalalli dhainandhina kelasagalalli kannadavannu sampoornavaagi balasalu agathyavaadha kelavu anvayaka thanthramsagalannu kannada ganaka parishaththu abhivrudhdhi padisi kaalakaalakke adhannu uththamapadisuva hagu innithara anvayaka thanthraamsagalannu abhivrudhdhi padisuva UNQUOTE
The use non-standard encoding in e-governance projects proves the monopolistic mechanism of Nudi.
Lie No. 3: Nudi belongs to GOK and since the copyright is owned by the GOK, the question of monopoly does not arise when it uses it.
It is a fact that the software was developed for GOK, by KGP for a consideration paid out of GOK funds, without proper procedures being followed like tendering or ascertaining the capability or experience of a private body like KGP.
How could the GOK entrust a private body like KGP with certification or development of software and release funds when it had no prior experience or personnel or infrastructure. In fact KGP, which was registered as a not-for-profit trust, had no office of its own, no competent employees and had not filed a single return for its prior three years when the funds were given to it. Technically as per the Societies act, GOK had funded a huge sum to a defunct body without any due diligence. If this was not a creation of a monopoly, then what is it?
The Nudi software in question is a conglomeration of various software, developed by KGP, Keshava Ganaka Parishat, Shimoga, Vishwa Kannada Softech etc, which carry separate copyright notices, claiming to own the copyrights for those particular modules. Thus KGP’s claim that Nudi belongs to the GOK, itself is a debatable point and is being made to escape the charge of promoting a monopoly. On examining the copyright information of the exe, dll and font files of Nudi, it is found that copyright lies with KGP. It seems that there is a hidden agenda in claiming Nudi as a property of GOK.
Lie No. 4: Bilingual fonts in Nudi (which violate the standards) were made at the request of GOK and there is no violation of standards. Also conversion from bilingual to Standard GOK (monolingual) fonts is provided hence there is no violation of standards.
If Bilingual fonts, were indeed requested by the GOK, how come only KGP was sent this request, and none of the other certified vendors like Applesoft, SRG or Cyberscape Multimedia Ltd. Why was GOK partial to KGP? What were the specification for these fonts and where is the document requesting for these fonts from either GOK or to KGP?
In fact on being questioned about it by some vendors, Mr. Rajiv Chawla, the E-Governance Secretary, indicated that Kannada and Culture department would be requested to constitute a committee for this purpose, proving without doubt that this was not a standard. When asked about the status of this committee, no clarification was given in this regard, nor was any committee ever constituted in this regard.
The fact of the matter is that right from 1995, some vendors had developed the bilingual Kannada fonts, and had already supplied them to GOK for many years (evidence attached). When, Nudi was sought to be thrust on the GOK departments, many resisted, because it did not have the ease of use of those vendors fonts, especially when it came to switching in a document from Kannada to English and vice-versa. Hence when they came up against the intense user resistance of the unfriendly GOK standard monolingual fonts, KGP quietly stole the the bilingual font technique developed by the vendors and started supplying Nudi with the same to retain the monopolistic hold, without bothering to go thru the certification process, which would have exposed the hollowness and the defects in both the GOK Standard as well as KGP as a certifying body.
The Nudi packages supplied to GOK (including the one given to Lokayukta for evidence purpose) and public, does not contain the so-called converters for bilingual to monolingual fonts. So if ever there was such a thing, it was a very well kept secret from the users. In fact, even to this day as can be easily verified independently verified with the users, the majority of them are unaware of any conversion utility and happily continue to work with the bilingual fonts (because of ease of use) and hence violate all the standards that Nudi was developed ostensibly to preserve.
Lie No. 5: It is said the problems of the vendors was due to the usual problem of switching over from proprietary software to standardized one.
This is a complete misrepresentation of facts, because all the vendors, when asked by the GOK, agreed to comply with the standards.
There is concrete evidence (attached here) that KGP indeed certified that vendors like Applesoft, Cyberscape, CDAC and SRG satisfied the GOK requirements and these were declared as enlisted vendors of Kannada software meeting with the requirements, so the question of vendors difficulty of switching over to standards does not arise.
In fact, the real problem was caused by the adoption of the non-standard (bilingual fonts) introduced by KGP in Nudi, keeping both the vendors and the GOK in dark as pointed out earlier. Thus the problems were really created by KGP forcing a changeover of non-standards compliant (pre-certified vendors software) to the non-standards compliant bilingual fonts(using pirated IPR) in Nudi!
Lie No. 6: KGP has not come in the way of any Kannada software developer and everyone is free to contribute to Kannada applications and software using GOK standards,
Indian Software Laboratory, Bangalore (ISL), had developed as early as in 1997/98, a novel and useful Kannada software, which could be called an administrative software for e-administration of any GOK department, called Kannada Kacheri. Various people in GOK were given demos and it was highly appreciated by many (evidence attached), including the former C.M., who even advised for its adoption as early as possible in GOK.
However, instead of encouraging its usage, KGP, mainly thru its secretary C.V. Srinath Sastry (CVS), while publicly appreciating the effort (evidence attached), would go around verbally depreciating it (at DIT and other departments), in fact at a later date after the lauch of Nudi, it was communicated to ISL, that if it complied with GOK standards (meaning Nudi) it could be acceptable.
By this time, due to lack of resources and the sheer fatigue of overcoming this resistance (created partially by KGP / CVS), ISL decided to enter into a joint venture with Cyberscape Multimedia Ltd. and the product was rechristened as e-Karyalaya. The product was substantially improved and re-launched with GOK standard fonts. Instead of helping in promoting the adoption and usage of this software, KGP in collusion with DIT hatched another sinister plan (probably to milk some more money out of GOK)
By studying the features and facilities in the demo versions given to some GOK departments, KGP along with some ex-DIT employees again reverted to the trick of copying this software (with active involvement of Shri Sastry’s son) and again stalled the development of a useful Kannada software, by launching an imitation of this software called e-Adalitha (even the name was a copy).
This, e-Adalitha (half-baked version) was released by Shri Bargur Ramchandrappa and Shri Vivek Kulkarni, with great fanfare (news item attached), claiming that this would (like Nudi??) result in great savings for the GOK.
Probably due to protests to IT Ministry and KDA (evidence attached) and the probe of Lokayukta (in matter of Nudi), KGP and DIT, could not complete ACT II ( a rehash of the Nudi saga) and could not re-enact the well oiled strategy of first copying some one else’s software and then getting a huge sum sanctioned (after tasting lakhs, perhaps the target would be now crores) for releasing it free to GOK.
Another case involving the Kannada and Culture Department’s project for developing a Multimedia CD and a Website for Dasa Sahitya is also very interesting. The tender was called by MSIL (which normally sells paper and operates cargo containers and obviously is far removed from either Dasa Sahitya or Software) inviting software developers to quote for the work. It was specified that only creative multimedia companies with knowledge (and appreciation) of Kannada literature should apply and that the raw text would be made available in Nudi format and this would have to be converted to the Multimedia content on CD as well as Web. It is pertinent to note that all this typing of Dasa Sahitya was given to some agencies (can we know, to whom and for what price). Just like it is a mystery how an organization dealing in paper was entrusted with a literary and software project, it is also very interesting to note that one of the key technical committee members deciding the qualifications of the vendor, had Shri Sastry of KGP. To this day it is not clear, how someone who has no idea about the technicalities of multimedia or web development can be on a committee to decide the qualification of vendors with years of expertise in this area. It is also important to note that this whole project worth about Rs. 50 Lakhs (estimated by MSIL) was finally (after a very long delay) bagged by a Delhi based firm, whose credentials about Kannada or literature may be quite questionable. None of the vendors from Karnataka, who it may be reasonably assumed may have better expertise in dealing with such a Kannada related matter even qualified, thanks to the great judgement of some eminent committee members who are sworn to be interested in Kannada development. Maybe KGP alone can answer some of these mysteries. It is also moot to know that the above mentioned Delhi firm has sub-contracted this work to a Bangalore based small multimedia firm (obviously who else would know Kannada Dasa Sahitya) for a fraction of the price which is a gross violation of the terms of the contract where it was clearly mentioned that no sub-contracting would be entertained.
Lie No. 7: KGP and DIT would like Kannada software to flourish and is not a competitor or obstacle and is interested only in compliance of software to standards.
Here are a list of major computerization works in Kannada undertaken by the GOK where none of the enlisted Kannada software vendors were involved though their software complied to standards and in each case there has been complete abdication of responsibility by DIT and KGP since there is no adherence to the standards:
· Commissioner of Public Instructions (CPI) and DSERT have gone ahead and invited tenders and awarded them to private vendors for development of Interactive Educational materials to be used throughout Karnataka in schools. There was no emphasis either on ability to have the Kannada (which should have been obvious) nor any GOK standards for Kannada were followed. In most cases, teaching material in English (totally out of context for Karnataka) was “dubbed” into horrible Kannada in a non-standard font.

· Ration cards database software was created (by ECIL, Hyderabad) in non-standard Kannada fonts and crores of ration cards were issued, all over the state and DIT kept twiddling its thumbs, when crores of rupees were used to create this non standard Kannada database.

· The Kaveri Property Registration project developed by CDAC uses non-standard Kannada fonts and close to Rs. 200 crores have been allocated for this project.

· It is still not known, but presumably, the showpiece e-Governance project called “Bhoomi” of which the DIT and the GOK is very proud of does not have the land records database in standard Kannada fonts.

· The Karnataka State Election Commission, has created a massive database of voters all throughout Karnataka in Kannada without using the standard Kannada fonts.

· It is not known whether any Kannada standards have been followed in the massive Treasury Computerisation Project initiated by the GOK.

Appendix IV
Lapses in Kannada software being used in GOK

Nudi software has many lapses like:

Nudi uses non-standard fonts (bilingual) using glyphs and ASCII codes which do not conform to the specified GOK standards.
The typing method in Nudi is not based on the standard typing method followed by typists and being taught in the courses conducted by the Directorate of Technical Education and various Universities and various private institutions and these courses are recognized as the minimum qualification for the posts of Typists and Stenographers vide Govt. Notification DPAR 27 SCR 83 dated 10th May 1983. The GOK while insisting on typing skills based on the standard typing method, installs Nudi, which is not based on the standard typing method, in their computers.
Nudi does not support, “Inscript” keyboard layout, which is a national level (BIS) standard, which was developed keeping frequency analysis and efficiency of fingering in mind.
Does not have good quality fonts.
There is no proper field level customer support, which is essential for any lay user.
There are many existing software installed like Akruti (Cyberscape Multimedia Ltd.), Shabdaratna (SRG), Surabhi (Applesoft), Leap/iLeap (CDAC) for which there are no converters as specified in the G.O.
There is no direct sorting method for tabular Kannada data in packages like Word, Excel etc., which can be used by non-specialist users not capable of doing programming.
There is no Kannada Dictionary help available.
There is no Kannada Spelling Checker.
There is no online Administrative Phrases Dictionary available.
There is no technical support team to refer or discuss any technical problems of Nudi.
No web based, discussion forum or technical support is available for Nudi.
There is no proper Unicode support in Nudi and the converter provided does not work.
There is no direct way of using email in Kannada using Nudi, only Kannada attachments can be sent, which is very cumbersome for those not having the Nudi font.
Nudi does not have proper support for creating web pages and does not support dynamic web fonts.
Nudi does not work with many popular DTP packages like Corel Ventura.
Nudi cannot be used for interactive Kannada website development, since it has no proper support for client level Active-X controls or Java applets and has no proper tools for web server based dynamic pages using the popular ASP or JSP technology
Nudi cannot be used for creating mathematical documentation using a popular software like LaTex.
Nudi cannot be used for many multimedia applications like video subtitling using popular packages like Art Deko etc.
Nudi fonts cannot be used in Unicode based applications in operating systems like Windows XP.

Appendix V
Developments in Hindi and Tamil software not available in Kannada.

These are some of the areas in which Kannada software development has to catch up with the other languages and states.

Hindi has a vast library of good quality fonts available, more than 1000 fonts are available
Electronic Hindi dictionaries and thesaurus is available.
Hindi spelling checkers are available for many vendors and institutions.
Hindi to English and vice-versa translation software is readily available.
Hindi text to speech facility is available
Hindi speech to text facility is available
Localization of Hindi is available in many applications, Office Productivity suites and operating systems like Windows and Linux.
Web site development tools are available in Hindi
Interactive web based application development tools for ASP and JSP and .NET technologies are available.
Hindi Optical Character Recognition (OCR) software is available
Interactive Hindi learning and self evaluation software is available
Accounting packages are available in Hindi
Hindi Web Mailing systems are available
Hindi search engines are available

Billing solution for organizations like Petrol Bunk, Jwellary shop, Store, Agency
Software for Inventory, Billing, Sales Invoicing, Purchases Ordering,
Multimedia educational CDs for learning Tamil and other subjects
CBTs/Learning CDs for learning computers, MS Office, Programming languages
Multimedia Children songs, stories and games
Accounting software
Emailing and Browsing Software
Grammar tools
Tamil learning/testing tools
Localisation tools
Localisation of MS Windows, Linux, OpenOffice
Office suites
Web based Tamil learning courses
Tamil Text to speech
Tamil OCR
Tamil to English translation

Prepared by Shri Muthukrishnan, CEO, SRG Pvt Ltd.:


Certain vested interests formed a group with a catchy name “Kannada Ganaka Parished” (K.G.P) and entered themselves in the books of Karnataka Govt. claiming to promote Kannada.

These vested interests hand-in-hand with the Corrupt Officials of the Directorate of Information Technology (D.I.T). hatched a conspiracy to swindle Public Funds by Violating KARNATAKA TRANSPARENCY IN PUBLIC PROCUREMENT ACT 1999.


After the “Classic Computers” deal, a Govt. Order was issued to make it mandatory for all the Govt. Dept. to buy Hardware or Software only from the registered and approved vendors. The K.G.P. is not a registered/approved vendor. Hence the purchase of Kannada Software from K.G.P. is a gross violation of the Govt. Order.

Another Govt. Order No. PD 121 CSS 97 Dated 08.01.1998 was also issued to decentralize the purchase of Computer Hardware and Software. Hence the centralized purchase of Kannada Software by the D.I.T. is a violation of the Govt. Order.

The then Director of K.G.C.C.( now D.I.T.) had issued, vide ref. GCC/TAP/385/97-98 Dated 18th June 1998, the “GUIDELINES FOR PURCHASE OF COMPUTER HARDWARE AND SOFTWARE BY THE DEPARTMENTS OF GOVERNMENT”.

Violation of all the above Govt. Orders has made this deal as another “Classic deal”.

The vested interests in K.G.P. would not have spent more than a few thousand rupees for the part-time programmer. But they had managed to siphon out several Lakhs of Govt. funds which was obviously shared by these vested interests with those Corrupt Officials of the D.I.T.

This has established the allegation of the Swindling of public funds jointly by the D.I.T. & K.G.P. In future it may run into crores of Rupees.


The Karnataka transparency in public procurement act 1999 clearly defines the terms Procurement & Services. Procurement of Goods & Services without tender is prohibited.

The transparency was not maintained in this “deal” as no Tender was invited by D.I.T.

K.G.P. is a user group for Kannada Software like a group of Doctors for Hospitals. When it comes to the question of constructing a Hospital the contract can only be given to a Civil

Engineering contractor but not to a group of Doctors.

Similarly development of Software can only be given to a Software development Industry and not to user group like K.G.P.

Hence the Rules under the Act specifies the Pre-qualification Procedure.

The Act exempts only the projects under International arrangements. Hence the reason of Govt. aided project is wrong.

The Grant-in-aid is applicable only to propagation thru’ direct contact by established societies. K.G.P. is a DEFUNCT SOCIETY which is clear from the Letter from Registrar of Societies.

The Procurement of Goods & Services is very clear from the price list of Software and the G.O. is obviously a purchase order and not a Govt. aided project or Grant-in-aid.

These have established the violation of The Karnataka transparency in public procurement act 1999.


Monopoly of KGP – Prepared by Mr. N. Anbarsan

Through this press note, I briefly explain the facts related to the act of Monopoly of KGP, which has unethically monopolized the Kannada software development thereby causing irreparable damages to the development of Kannada on computers.

KGP has monopolized the Kannada software development in the following way:

1. by violating the standards prescribed for Kannada software

a. Using Non-Standard encoding.

b.Non provision of conversion utility to handle ISCII and standard encoding.

c.Non provision of any conversion utility to convert data using existing Kannada software.

d. Non issuance of certificates to the Kannada software developers to block their software.

e. Has developed Nudi without providing the standard manual typing method, which is being taught in polytechniques and is mandatory for recruitment of Typists and stenographers.

2. Bagged order to develop all the required software for Kannada.

3. Blocks the development of Kannada software by developing various software.

4. Acts as a middleman and gets the work done from the unrecognized developers.

5. Kills competition by forcing the users to use their uncertified, non-standard software.

Violation of Govt standards

I draw your attention to the item 1 of the G.O maa.tham.e 6 neesamvi 2000 Bangalore, dated 1.11.2000 QUOTE Kannada lipi thanthraamsha thayaarikaru, ee aadheshakke lagathisiruva anubhandhadhalliruva shishta mathu eaka roopa kannada aksharabhagagalu mathu ASCII sankethagalanne balasathakkadhdhu UNQUOTE which restricts the Kannada software developers to use only the standardized glyph codes and forbids to use any other coding in their Kannada software. However, KGP has devised a new non-standard proprietary encoding to take advantage over other softwares to monopolise Kannada software field.

In the same G.O, item 5 states that only those software developed as per the G.O to be included in the list of Govt approved software/software developers/software vendors are to be used QUOTE ee mele helalaadha ella nibhandhanegalige olapattu sidhdhapadisalaadha kannada thanthraamshagalu maathra sarkaaradha maanyathe padedha adhikrutha thanraamsagala / thnthraamsha thayaarakara / thanthraamsha maaraatagaarara pattiyallirabeku UNQUOTE. Eventhough, no one has certified Nudi for its conformity with the standard, Nudi is being distributed to user departments and general public.

The G.O in reference also insists the Govt departments and organizations to use only the kannada software which has been certified to meet the requirement of G.O. Item 6 reads as QUOTE karnaataka sarkaaradha ella ilaakegalu, karnaataka sarkaaradha swaamyake seridha nigamagalu, mandaligalu, praadikaaragalu, vishwavidhyaalayagalu, vidhyasamthegalu, sthaleeya samsthegalu, anudhanitha samsthegalu ee nibhandhanegalige olapattu pramaaneekruthavaadha kannada lipi thanraamshagalannu maathra balasabeku UNQUOTE.

Even after DIT directs KGP to issue certificates to those software which are in compliance with the stipulated standards, KGP has not issued any certificate but issued a report for having tested the software, probably with the hidden agenda of blocking the other softwares.

Govt of Karnataka elevated KGP as a sole Kannada software developer

The preamble to the G.O maa.tham.e 234 a.da.vi 2001 dated 27.12.2001 clearly outlines the role of KGP as a sole Kannada software developer. QUOTE sarkaradha kacherigalalli dhainandhina kelasagalalli kannadavannu sampoornavaagi balasalu agathyavaadha kelavu anvayaka thanthramsagalannu kannada ganaka parishaththu abhivrudhdhi padisi kaalakaalakke adhannu uththamapadisuva hagu innithara anvayaka thanthraamsagalannu abhivrudhdhi padisuva… UNQUOTE

Is it not an action of MONOPOLY? One must realize that when the end user is not having any alternate choice, he ends up with monopolized product. For anything and everything, healthy competition paves ways for advancement and creating new records. so also the same yardstick applies in the case of development of Kannada software. Unfortunately, this has been bypassed. In the instant issue any growth of technology is naturally to come through research, as it happened always in the past.

Blocks the development of Kannada software

KGP is also developing other software which is not covered in the list of G.O to sanction funds. Few examples of such software are Vethana to meet the accounting requirement and e-Adalitha to meet the office administrative requirement. Release of Vethana was also reported by some of the leading dailies.

KGP as a middleman

As is evident from Nudi software, the Copyrights of various components of Nudi rests with certain individuals. It proves that KGP is a middleman engaging certain select individuals and firms to derive the requisite results.

KGP Kills competition

KGP in nexus with officials in DIT has successfully installed Nudi software in all the computers of user departments. In order to achieve the goal of monopolized use of Nudi in every computers of GoK user departments, KGP and DIT jointly enacted the drama of “testing software”. DIT sent letters to all the user departments to use Nudi falsely claiming Nudi has been developed in conformity with the standards prescribed for Kannada software. KGP hired students to install the software in all the computers including the Secretariate network, which connects all the departments.

GoK has implemented its e-Governance projects using non-standard encoding by using the non-standard Nudi software. KGP also influences use its non-standard encoding through its SDK to implement various other Govt and non-Govt computerization projects.

In the name of standardization, KGP has messed up things. Grabbed the user bases in the name of standardization and forced the users to use non-standard encoding. As a result KGP achieved monopoly hold in Kannada software development.

As a result of this nexus NO developers could develop any innovative softwares or technologies to meet the growing needs of Kannada on computers.


1. We urge the GoK to immediately stop the usage of Nudi which does not meet the laid down criteria and which is not certified until it fully conforms to the prescribed standards and is certified by competent agency.

2. We urge the GoK to remove the unfair restrictive conditions imposed on the Kannada software developers and have level playing field for all Kannada software developers.

3. We seek the Govt to implement the standard typing method adopted in the courses conducted by the Directorate of Technical Education and various other institutions in all the computerization projects.

Ella kannada abhimanigala antararashtriya vedike

Ella Kannada Abhimaanigala Vedike International “E-KAVI”

Dear Editors, Reporters and TV News Reporters,

EKAVI here by kindly requests you to send your reporters to the PRESS CONFERENCE to be held at Bangalore Press Club on Saturday JULY 31st, 2004 from 11:30 am to 12:30 pm. Lunch will follow after the conference.

The importance issues related to Kannada Software Development “KSD” at GOK will be discussed and particulars will be given at the conference time. The main issues are:

1. How GOK Funding of Kannada on Computers has been misused by KGP and DIT. Who is responsible for these actions.

2. Corruption at different levels.

3. What are the wrong things done by KGP.

4. Pirating / Copying of Intellectual Property Rights by KGP.

5. Documents for verification

6. Lawsuits filed by Kannada Software Developers.

The following people will be at the PRESS CONFERENCE.

Mr. Satheesh Gowda, E-KAVI, Bangalore

Mr. T.S. Muthukrishnan, M.D., Software Research Group Pvt. Ltd.

Mr. N. Anbarasan, CEO, APPLESOFT
Mr. Anand S.K., Managing Director, Cyberscape Multimedia Ltd.

The following Prominent Kannadigas have kindly agreed to be at the Press Conference.

Dr. Chandrashekara Kambar, MLC and Famous Writer

Dr. Hampa Nagarajaiah, Kannada Writer and Professor

Sincerely Yours,

K T Satheesh Gowda
E-KAVI Bangalore.



For any more information about EKAVI, please write to: novamed@aol.com


V. M. Kumaraswamy
EKAVI Founder

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Ella kannada abhimanigala antararashtriya vedike Press Conference on KSD

Ella kannada abhimanigala antararashtriya vedike

Ella Kannada Abhimaanigala Vedike International “E-KAVI”

July 30 th, 2004

Dear Editors , Reporters and TV News Reporters,

EKAVI here by kindly requests you to send your reporters to the PRESS CONFERENCE to be held at Bangalore Press Club on Saturday JULY 31st, 2004 from 11:30 am to 12:30 pm. Lunch will be followed after the conference.

The importance issues related to Kannada Software Development “KSD” at GOK will be discussed and particulars will be given at the conference time. The main issues are:

1. How GOK Funding of Kannada on Computers has been misused by KGP and DIT. Who is responsible for these actions.

2. Corruption at different levels.

3. What are the wrong things done by KGP.

4. Pirating / Copying of Intellectual Property Rights by KGP.

5. Documents for verification

6. Lawsuits filed by Kannada Software Developers.

7. and many more things.

The following people will be at the PRESS CONFERENCE.

Mr. Satheesh Gowda from EKAVI

Mr. N. Anbarasan .,CEO., APPLESOFT

Mr. Anand S.K., Managing Director., Cyberscape Multimedia Ltd.

Mr. T. S. Muthukrishnan., Managing Director ., SRG Systems Pvt. Ltd.

The following Prominent kannadigas have kindly agreed to be at the Press Conference.

Sri. Dr. Chandrashekara Kambar, MLC and Famous Writer

Sri. Dr. Hampa Nagarajaiah, Kannada Writer and Professor

There will be more prominent people will be attending the Press Conference.



V. M. Kumaraswamy
EKAVI Founder


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PRESS RELEASE on KSD on July 16th 2004


There is a need for a substantial improvement of Kannada Language Software from a usability perspective. In context of the problems arising in the usage of Kannada Language Software it is essential for all the software vendors, government bodies & language experts to form a consortium to solve the issues and technical hitches in the usage of Kannada Language Software. The usage of Kannada language software should not be constrained by or be dependent on a particular entity or a body for certification. The consortium or governmental body must evolve the standards so that the usage of Kannada language software is not at the mercy of a monopoly.

The Kannada language software ‘NUDI’ must be distributed, as “Open Source Code” for the development, enhancement and modification according to the user needs

Since not much importance given to Kannada language software or its vendors, it is lagging behind all the others southern languages in India. Kannada language software is in a perilous condition much behind other southern Indian languages.

The Government of Karnataka reposes complete faith in Kannada Ganaka Parishath (KGP), which is monopolizing all software development in Kannada related to the governmental departments or undertakings. KGP, which has developed NUDI software and for distribution to all governmental departments, uses bilingual fonts, which are against GOK standards and of a poor quality. Research and development pertaining to Kannada software has come to a stand still due to the monopoly of the KGP, which as seen above are not standards compliant. The advice given by KGP to governmental bodies with respect to Kannada software is of unconstructive nature, and it leads to confusion, confrontation and conflict between the independent Kannada software developers and the authorities.

The development of Kannada Language Software should not be restricted to a sole monopolistic body. Other independent software vendors must be given an opportunity for research & development of Kannada Language Software. Certification of Kannada software must not be given to the same monopoly which also develops it, instead the standards must be set by the government and approval of all Kannada language software must be channelised through the consortium authorized by the Government of Karnataka.

Though the government of Karnataka had identified the list of key thrust areas where Kannada language software development is necessary, the responsibility for development was handed over to KGP, which has only managed to develop NUDI software whereas other major and critical areas requiring research / development has been neglected.

Future research & development in Kannada language software should be given to independent Kannada language software developers who have already developed and implemented the same in various institutions / organisations etc.

KGP has failed to properly represent the interests of Kannada software nationally and globally, which is an indicator that KGP is not capable of handling such responsibilities.

Under the guidance of a society dedicated to Kannada the government of Karnataka should authorise the consortium to undertake and oversee all the activities pertaining to Kannada software development nationally and globally.

A society must be created by the government of Karnataka, dedicated only to the development of Kannada language software comprising of software engineers, publishers, eminent writers, journalists and litterateurs.

Shri. K P Poornachandra Tejaswi

Dr Chandrashekar Kambhar

Prof. G Ventakasubbaiah

Dr. Lingadevaru Halemane


July 16, 2004

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