Samiti members to help conduct sammelana
BELGAUM: The Belgaum District Kannada Organisations Action Committee has welcomed the inclusion of three leaders of Maharashtra Ekikaran Samiti in various sub-committees constituted to organise the Vishwa Kannada Sammelana in Belgaum.
The president of the committee Ashok Chandargi, thanked the Government for appointing the samiti legislators Manohar Kinekar, Uchagaon; Digamber Patil, Khanapur and Vikas Kalghatagi, who is at present heading Belgaum Chamber of Commerce & Industry to the committees.
He said by becoming members of the sub-committees to organise programmes for the sammelana, the three leaders had only shown solidarity with the sammelana.
Belgaum culture, history on show
[ 19 Jan, 2007 0052hrs ISTTIMES NEWS NETWORK ]
BELGAUM: Want to know about the rich culture, history, arts and tradition of Belgaum? Come to the World Kannada Meet (WKM) where a museum, open to the public and visiting delegates, will give insights into all these and some historical facts also.
The proposed museum will be based in the lush green premises of the now defunct Vaccine Depot, a colonial era structure,which is seen as an ideal location.
Vaccine Depot is spread over an area of over 56 acres and is rich with medicinal and botanical plants, which also makes it an ideal place for botanical research institute.
It also provides lung space for the city, which has been losing its green cover over the years. The museum will open on the eve of the WKM and will be a public partnership as people from the district have been asked to contribute to the museum.
Art, culture, history, tradition, artefacts and other records, documents pertaining to the district will be displayed at the museum.
Photographs of places of tourist interest, ancient temples and other articles will also be on display. Deputy commissioner Shalini Rajneesh says the museum will showcase Belgaum district’s rich culture, heritage and history to the world.
Places of tourist interest will also be showcased to provide scope for tapping the tourist potential as people from different parts of India along with foreign delegates will visit the city during the world event.
“Preparations are on in full swing to open the museum before the WKM and we hope all things will be in place during the inauguration of the world event on February 23,” she said.
Meetings with officials of various departments and people’s groups have been held to make the museum one of the major attractions, the deputy commissioner stated.
Agriculture to figure prominently at Vishwa Kannada Sammelana
President A. P. J. Abdul Kalam has been invited to inaugurate the event
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BELGAUM: As plans for the second Vishwa Kannada Sammelana are nearing finalisation, there are indications of meaningful discussions on crucial issues concerning agriculture sector in the light of growing threats from foreign capital under the post WTO regime.
Disclosing this soon after holding an official level meeting, Secretary of Department of Tourism and Kannada & Culture I.M. Vitthal Murthy told presspersons here on Thursday that the Government has planned to devote one of the nine seminars slated for the three-day meet to be held next, to discuss major issues concerning development of the agriculture sector and find ways to protect growers from increasing threats under the WTO regime.
The suggestions emerging out the discussions would help the Government take appropriate decisions.
Another major event, which could turn a new leaf in the industrial history of Belgaum, comes from the Investors’ Meet to be held at the high-tech E-campus of Visvesvaraya Technological University.
However, the Government has so far not thought of considering any incentive to encourage on-the-spot commitment from the entrepreneurs, majority of them would be from the growing IT-BT sector.
Mr. Murthy, who reiterated various plans for the event, said the Chief Minister H.D. Kumarswamy had announced Rs. 10 crore in addition to Rs. 3.20 crore released to the district administration towards improvement of road conditions and beautification of the city. Along with various cultural events, there would be two special shows.
About 1,000 school children from Belgaum would be selected for ten group songs to be composed by noted musician B.V. Srinivas. Another show would be from noted singer C. Ashwat, who would be presenting a Kannadave Sathya programme.
Interestingly, the district unit of Kannada Rakshana Vedike has organised Mr. Ashwat’s programme ahead of the sammelana. The programme would be held in the city on January 20 at Sardar High School ground.
Mr. Murthy said the State Government had requested the President A. P. J. Abdul Kalam to inaugurate the sammelana. The confirmation in this regard was expected in next two days.
Sammelan to focus on issues of Kannadigas
|It will comprise 18 conferences|
MANGALORE: The Vishwa Kannada Sammelan to be held in Belgaum in February would not only be a literary and cultural meet, but would seek to reflect issues that concern Kannadigas and the State today, Secretary, Kannada and Culture, I.M. Vittalmurthy said at a meeting with artistes, academicians and members of literary academies here on Sunday.
He said 18 conferences on a number of subjects would be held. Discussions on issues that affect agriculture and related fields would be given prominence. The purpose of these conferences was to assess the progress made by the State in the last 50 years and plan for the future, he added.
Mr. Vittalmurthy said one of the highlights of the event would be the “Suvarna Karnataka Teru”, in which members from 127 taluks and Kasaragod would take out a procession of “Kannada terus” (chariots) reflecting the culture of their regions.
An exhibition spread over 8.5 acres would seek to reflect the history, culture and achievements of the State, he said. Fifty Kannada films would be screened at a “Chitrotsava”. A one-day cricket match would be conducted by the Karnataka Cricket Association, he added.
Representatives of Dakshina Kannada district submitted a few suggestions for the event, including a play on Rani Abakka, arrangement of several food stalls to avoid crowding at one point and provision of a separate platform for folk art performances.
The Department of Kannada and Culture had made arrangements to provide one bus each between the districts and Belgaum for the event. It was also considering allowing artistes to travel by Karnataka State Road Transport Corporation (KSRTC) buses at concessional fares to Belgaum, Mr. Vittalmurthy said.
He said the Department was thinking of launching a scheme, “Namma Mane, Namma Athithi”, to provide accommodation to participants. Under the scheme, the people of Belgaum would be requested to volunteer to lodge participants at their homes. The K.L.E Education Society had agreed to provide accommodation to delegates at their hostels and institutions, he added.
The sammelan’s programmes would be telecast live in 58 countries, he added.
This is V. M. Kumaraswamy from EKAVI.
Global Platform for Kannadigas – Kannada Language of Karnataka State
Govt. of Karnataka is conducting the WORLD KANNADA CONFERENCE during SUVARNA KARNATAKA YEAR. At Belgaum from February 23 -25, 2007.
Kannadigas who are interested in attending, please send an email and a letter to:
K. R. Niranjan
Director, Kannada and Culture Department
VishvaKannada Sammelana Vishesha Karyalaya
Kannada and Culture Department
J. C. Road, Bangalore – 560001
Karnataka State, INDIA.
Kannadigas settled abroad are invited.
Guests attending the Sammelana are provided the following:
– Free Boarding & Lodging in Belgaum during the Sammelana
– Free Local Transportation in Belgaum
– Free package tour
PLEASE Go through the following word document for application form for Delegates. Please fill out this from and send it to email ID: email@example.com
URL for Delegated forms for WKC Belgaum: wkc-belgaum.doc
A degree in Kannada has no value
Posted Monday , January 15, 2007 at 20:15
LANGUAGE BARRIER: The state government\’s recruitment drive for unemployed youth in private cos has rekindled the language debate.
Bangalore: Science graduate Praveen Birazdar and his friend S Shivakumar have travalled over 500 km with the hope of a job in an IT company. But they soon found that a degree in Kannada will not get them places.
The Karnataka government says that it will be more strict in enforcing the Kannada medium of teaching this year, but people like Praveen and Shivakumar are finding it difficult to cope in the job market after studying in that system.
Says Praveen, “We have to know English. MNCs like Infosys need English. I am not saying you have to neglect kannada but you must have knowledge of the English language.’
Adds Shivakumar, “In the present situation, government employees also need this knowledge of the language.”
In the first recruitment drive by the Karnataka government to get jobs for its rural youth in the IT sector, Industries Minister Katta Subramanya Naidu has said that the state needs to give at least 85 per cent of their jobs to Kannadigas.
Says Naidu, “The main thrust of the government is to eradicate unemployment and give jobs to locals.”
Home grown companies like Infosys have stepped into the initiative, but even as Infosys HR Director T V Mohandas Pai tried to encourage the unemployed graduates with a pep talk, barely 30 per cent of them qualified for the next level.
“They must have a reasonable pass percentage, must have a reasonable knowledge of English and after that we can train them to do much better, but that’s the minimum bench mark,” sasys he.
And the minimum benchmark is a tough one on youths from Hassan and Mandya districts who say that they find English tough and that they have no knowledge of computers having studied in the Kannada medium.
The state government’s recruitment drive for unemployed youth in private companies has rekindled the language debate.
While the government has been insisting on the Kannada medium of teaching all through primary school, those who have lived in that system find it difficult to compete with their urban peers.
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From: Purohita Kannada <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Date: Sat, 06 Jan 2007 06:58:04 +0530
Subject: Karnataka’s linguistic inferiority complex
Online version: http://purohita.blogspot.com
Friday, January 05, 2007
Just as the effect of hundreds of years of environment can be seen in the bark of a tree, the effect of hundreds of years of history can be seen in the linguistic inferiority complex that prevails in Karnataka today. I use the term linguistic inferiority complex (LIC) to denote inferiority complex relating to one’s own language, its utility, its boundaries and its importance. The disastrous effects of this inferiority complex can be seen in our education system, our society, industry, and in general just about everywhere. LIC is so second nature to the so-called “thinkers” of Karnataka today that even its existence is not acknowledged by them. LIC in Karnataka is made up of the following four unwritten linguistic inferiority complexes, not one of them scientific or democratic or supported by commonsense or fact:
- Kannada can be used only for “simple conversations and light stuff like poetry, drama and other non-scientific things”
- English is the best language for “conversations between intelligent people; definitely the language for any scientific topic”
- Samskruta is the only language for anything even slightly spiritual
- Hindi is more important than Kannada in India
The first inferiority complex can be traced to India’s colonial past. The British who opened English schools instead of Kannada and Samskruta schools sowed the seed of linguistic inferiority complex. School students used to get punished for speaking in Kannada (this is seen even today in most of Bengalooru schools) and rewarded for every small achievement in English. With this a sense of achievement got attached to English and a sense of non-achievement to Kannada. Kannada came to be slowly regarded as a language fit only for simple conversations and light stuff like poetry, drama and other non-scientific things – because the British simply didn’t let anything other than that to go on in Kannada. They truly didn’t think Kannada was fit for anything at all. Even after independence and consequent formation of linguistic states, Kannada is not fully implemented in administration, education or industry.
Since the British introduced English as the panacea in the atmosphere of inferiority which they themselves created, it slowly replaced Kannada as the language for conversations between intelligent people; definitely the language for any scientific topic. The English education system was nothing but an engine producing more and more people with this fatal inferiority complex, fit to serve the British crown. Those who came out of the system took pride in hating Kannada, making fun of Kannada and being able to speak English. The flawed arguments that English (as opposed to knowledge) is the strength based on which we can win global markets today, that English is the language of science and technology, stem from this very same inferiority complex continuing to pollute a Kannadiga’s blood. Although examples exist of countries like Japan, Israel, France, etc., which have all their systems in the language of the land, a Kannadiga is blind to this because of this second inferiority complex.
Samskruta enjoys a special place in Karnataka because of the huge corpus of spiritual literature which exists in it (not that we read or understand it). Almost every spiritual thinker of India – real or fake – has resorted to Samskruta as the language for his spiritual literature. This has been disastrous from the point of view of dissemination of true spiritual thinking among Kannadigas. Even today, most of Karnataka remains spiritually challenged because of this single mistake. Kannadigas have come to believe that spiritual literature cannot exist in Kannada, that our Gods understand only Samskruta! We are so spiritually blind and so mesmerized by Samskruta that we think anything and everything written in Samskruta is divine, that even the language and its grammar are divine and worth imitating in Kannada. It’s a pity that even our grammarians have bought into the flawed theory that Kannada – a Dravidian language – is derived from Samskruta, a theory proven totally wrong by linguists all over the world. This is our third inferiority complex.
The issue of Hindi (at best a budding language when it comes to age or achievement compared to Kannada) is more recent but reminiscent of British imperialism. Although there is no constitutional provision granting Hindi the status of “National language”, Karnataka has been made to believe so. Hindi is merely – but undemocratically – the only official language of the Indian Union, but schoolchildren in Karnataka are taught the blatant lie that Hindi is the National language of India. The central government invests hundreds of crores of rupees every year to impose Hindi on Kannadigas in education and central government institutions, even banks, using every medium possible. In the name of urbanization, entertainment media has very tactfully imposed Hindi on Kannadigas and made us believe that real entertainment can exist only in Hindi. Slowly, therefore, the suicidal feeling that Kannada is “not enough” to get on to Mainstream India has crept into a Kannadiga’s thinking. Kannadigas have come to believe that Hindi is a more important language than their mother-tongue in India. This is our fourth inferiority complex.
Linguistic inferiority complex is draining the life-blood of Kannadigas, turning us into inferior individuals building an inferior Karnataka. It has already brought about a class divide in Karnataka. The “higher class” slights Kannada and Karnataka, experiences physical pain living in Karnataka, is devoid of self-respect, cannot compete with westerners in true intelligence because of having to use a foreign language, and is waiting in long visa queues to escape from reality. The “lower class” – which cannot slight Kannada and Karnataka – is removed from education, science and technology (due to English) and commerce (due to English/Hindi). Both classes are removed from spirituality (due to Samskruta). It is clear that linguistic inferiority complex must be rooted out from the mind of every Kannadiga if at all we wish to progress. There is no option but to think of ways in which Kannada can completely replace English in education, science and technology, and Samskruta in spirituality and religion. Hindi together with the baggage of lies must be removed from school syllabi and the constitutional priority of Kannada in Karnataka must instead be taught; Kannada must replace it in central government offices, banks and commercial institutions.
|Prelude to Bengalooru Habba 2006|
|DH News Service Bangalore:|
|The tone has been set for the 2006 edition of Bengalooru Habba, with the pre-Habba awareness programmes gathering steam in 15 schools and colleges across Bangalore.|
The tone has been set for the 2006 edition of Bengalooru Habba, with the pre-Habba awareness programmes gathering steam in 15 schools and colleges across Bangalore.
The awareness programmes – which cover classical music and dance apart from lecture demonstrations – kicked off on November 17 and will run till November 29. Artistes’ Foundation for the Arts (AFFA) is organising the awareness programmes in association with the Society for Promotion of Indian Classical Music and Culture.
Padmini Ravi, Managing Trustee, AFFA told Deccan Herald on Saturday that artistes of international repute, including Pandit Vishwa Mohan Bhat (Hawaiian guitar), Shiv Kumar Sharma (Santoor) and U Rajesh (Mandolin) were involved in the pre-Habba awareness programmes.
“There will also be a series of street theatre performances at multiple locations which will kick off on November 27 and run up to December 10. Under the Umbrella Art programmes, upcoming artistes will do live art at multiple locations,” she said.
Street magic acts will also be performed as part
of the pre-Habba campaign, that will run up to the
close of the Habba, on December 10.
The Bengalooru Habba will be held in Bangalore between December 3 and 10, with this year’s edition focussing on promotion of regional talent.
A book fair, art and crafts display will showcase Karnataka’s arts through the 50 years. A showcase of literary works by Jnanapith awardees, traditional Kannada theatre performances and a food festival (at Palace Grounds) will also be a part of the Habba.
Palace Grounds will host the best names in classical dance and music from across India. The Habba will also feature a Bollywood night, a fashion show and a day-long rock and jazz music performance. Folk and tribal visual arts will also be exhibited. For details, log on to www.bengalooruhabba.com
LEADING TO THE HABBA
*Nov 20, 2 pm: Pravin Godkhindi (Flute, Mallya Aditi International School, Yelahanka)
*Nov 22, 10 am: Vishwa Mohan Bhatt (Hawaiian guitar, Vani Education Centre, Machohalli)
*Nov 22, 6.30 pm: Vishwa Mohan Bhatt (Hawaiian guitar, Indian Institute of Science, Yeshwanthpur)
*Nov 23, 3.30 pm: Ashwini Bhide (Hindustani vocal, PES Institute of Engineering, Banashankari III Stage)
*Nov 23, 10.30 am: Jayanthi Kumaresh (Veena, AMC College of Engineering, Bannerghatta Road)
*Nov 24, 10 am: Sharmila Mukherjee (Odissi, Valley School, Kanakapura Road)
*Nov 27, 10 am: Shashank (Flute, Vidyaniketan, Hebbal)
*Nov 27, 1.30 pm: Shashank (Flute, MES Kishore Kendra, Malleswaram)
*Nov 28, 10 am: Nirupama, Rajendra (Classical dance, NMKRV PU College for Women, Jayanagar)
*Nov 29, 4 pm: Shiv Kumar Sharma (Santoor, Sir M Visvesvaraya Institute of Technology, Hunsemaranahalli)
Kannadigas must know more about tradition of the language: Ebrahim
|Teachers can play an important role in this regard, says philanthropist|
IN RECOGNITION: Philanthropist H. Ebrahim, recipient of the Karnataka Unification Award, being felicitated at the Aurobindo Foundation for Education, of which he is chairman, at Jawalli near Shimoga on Saturday.
SHIMOGA: Recipient of the Karnataka Unification Award and philanthropist H. Ebrahim emphasised on Saturday the need for concerted efforts to create awareness among Kannadigas about the tradition of Kannada.
Replying to the felicitation offered to him by the staff and members of the Aurobindo Foundation for Education at Javalli 10 km from here (of which he is the chairman) he said it was ironical that Kannadigas faced a threat of being reduced to a minority in Karnataka. He said there was a need to strengthen the language and future generations should not be deprived of the opportunity to learn Kannada. He highlighted the role of teachers in this regard.
Mr. Ebrahim said the medium of instruction should not come in way of promoting the interests of Kannada. “Kannada should be taught such that children develop a natural love for it,” he said.
Regretting that though Karnataka had been unified geographically, he said its emotional integration remained a dream. He said classical status should be conferred on Kannada .
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