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Tulu Academy Awards conferred on outstanding achievers

Mangalore Today News Network

Mangaluru, Feb 19, 2017: Tulu Sahitya Academy’s Honorary Awards were presented to three  outstanding personalities at a function held at Tulu Bhavan on February 18, Saturday.

Muddu Moodubelle, K Anand Shetty and Tamma Lakshmana received the awards for their outstanding contributions to the fields of Tulu literature,  theatre and film industry  respectively.

Tulu Sahitya Academy awards

Tulu Sahitya Academy awards

Tulu Sahitya Academy awards

The Academy Book Awards were presented to Yogish Rao Chigurupade  for his anthology of poems ’Oyil’ and  Shashiraj Kavoor for Tulu play ’Barbarike.’

Speaking as a  chief guest at the function, Rajya Sabha Member and senior Congress leader Oscar Fernandes said more concerted efforts need to be made to strengthen Tulu language and tradition and also to  include Tulu in the 8th schedule of the Constitution.

JR Lobo, MLA presided over the function. Ivan D’Souza, MLC and Chief Whip of State Legislative Council,  Gafur, Chairman of State Minorities Development Corporation, D M Ravikumar of Kannada and Culture Department were present as chief guests.

In her address M Janaki Brahmavar, President of the Academy said during the past three years the Academy  has published 27 books and has brought out 12 Madipu volumes. Efforts are being made to develop  the language through Tulu Minadana and Tulu text books, she added.

Chandrahas Rai  B, Registrar of the Academy, Mohan Koppala, Raghu Idkidu, Members and others were present.