Mangalore, July 27, 2014 : Karnataka Tulu Sahitya Academy honourary awards- book prizes for the year 2012 were conferred in a traditional manner on six achievers, Jayanthi S Bangera (literature), Rohidas Kadri (drama), Richard Castelino (cinema), K E Radhakrishna (story), Simanthooru Chandrahasa Suvarna (poetry) and Ramanath Kotekar (research) at a formal function, at Ravindra Kala Bhavana of University College July 26.
Speaking after conferring the very prestigious awards, Karnataka Minister for Health and Family Welfare U T Khader promised that he would take forward efforts to improve allocation of State government fund to Karnataka Tulu Sahitya Academy from the present Rs 70 lakh to Rs one crore at least.
“I hope to discuss the matter with District-in-Charge Minister B Ramanath Rai too,” he said. Targetting the younger generation, he said that elders who dedicated their life to Tulu culture, to preserve it for generations to come, should be their model for the present and future as it is a treasure they are passing on. Their works are windows to Tulu cultural world. When one looks in one sees rich culture and Tuluva heritage,” he exhorted emotioanlly.
‘Rani Abbakkana Kathe,’ Tulu book by senior litterateur Prof Amruta Someshwara was released by MP Nalin Kumar Kateel. Speaking about the book, the litterateur said that Queen Abbakka is a symbol of courage and sacrifice to the descendants. Abbakka is a Tuluva royal in every measure . This book is based on observations made by a western author who visited Abbakka’s state, during her times he stated.
MP Nalin Kumar Kateel was of the opinion that saving Tulu by merely adding it to the eighth schedule of the Indian Constitution or by any conventions is not the method. Tulu can be preserved only by speaking and teaching it to the young and future generations. Meanwhile, he assured that all MPs of coastal districts, without party barriers will work to add Tulu in the eighth schedule of the Constitution.
Academy honourary award winner for his achievement in cinema industry Richard Castelino said that Tulu language is getting ill due to use decreasing and treatment should start from every house of DK. “Though the technology is there and financial support from government through the academy comes, we produced just 50 Tulu cinemas in past 50 years,” he pointed out. He requested the academy to also motivate documentary productions in Tulu.
Karnataka Tulu Sahitya Academy President M Janaki Brahmavara presided over the function. Scholar Udhyavara Madhava Acharya, Mangalore Mayor Mahabala Marla, Karnataka Konkani Sahitya Academy President Roy Castelino, Karnataka Tulu Sahitya Academy Registrar Chandrahas Rai B, and many others were present.
‘Prashamsa’ Team from Kaup staged ‘Bale Telepule’ programme while Naveen Koppa and Sanjana presented Tulu orchestra on the occasion. It was an occasion to revitalise the Tulu ethos.