Sharjah: Dhwani Pratishtana Celebrates Classical Language Status Accorded to Kannada

Sharjah: Dhwani Pratishtana Celebrates Classical Language Status Accorded to Kannada

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Daijiworld Media Network—Sharjah (CN)

Sharjah, Dec 7: Kannada enthusiasts here celebrated the apex of achievement in the history of the Kannada language—the classical status accorded to it by the central government recently—under the banner of Dhwani Pratishtana on Friday December 5 at the Arab Udupi Restaurant hall.

Prakash Rao Payyar, convenor, Dhwani Pratishtana, in his welcome address talked about Kannada literature touching upon ‘Vachana Sahitya’, and the literature of Jnanpeeth awardees. It is because Tamil language got this status that we Kannadigas put forward the demand to the government.  If not for Tamil, Kannada would not have attained this status, said Somayaji, a Kannada activist.

Gopinath, and B G Mohandas, informed about the benefits Kannada language gets from its classical status. Enterpreneur Ashok Shetty presided over the function and in his speech called upon all Kannadigas to talk in their mother tongue.  It is the duty of every individual staying in Karnataka, be it a Tulu, Konkani, Kodava or Beary, to safeguard the interests of the Kannada language he said.

Adolphus Avitas Coutinho (Dolla Manglur) Konkani playwright, director, actor, and magician, was felicitated on the occasion by Ashok Shetty. Arthur Pereira introduced Coutinho to the audience. While thanking Dhwani Pratishtana, Dolla cracked some hilarious jokes in his inimitable style.

A multi-lingual poetry session was also held wherein poets representing Kannada, Konkani, Tulu, and Kodava, languages recited some of their best poems. Konkani poet Melvyn Rodrigues was present on the dais.


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  • Prakash, Sharjah

    Tue, Dec 09 2008

    Dear Mr. MC Shetty, Kindly note that- the function "Celebration of Classical Language Status" was organised by DHWANI PRATISHTHAN not by any other Karnataka Sangha. We have no membership formalities any true Kannadiga can join with us.

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  • mcshetty, Bangalore/Sharjah

    Mon, Dec 08 2008

    Delighted to see the Dhwani Pratishtana Celebration by karnataka Sangha Sharjah in daijiworld but I want to know who were eligible to attend this function?  I am member of this sangha since last many years and regularly renew my membership . But it is sad that the committee members did not inform me.  I request the current president to make sure whenever you celebrate any such function please inform as  many members as possible.

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  • seetharam shetty, Jeddah

    Sun, Dec 07 2008

    can any body explain to the geneneral public about the classical status benefits to the karnataka state,

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