Mangalore, Nov 30: The Karnataka Tulu Sahitya Academy, Tulu Isiri Mangalore, and Tulu Association of St Aloysius College Mangalore jointly organized “Tulu Sahityada Pantholu,” a city-level inter collegiate and high school Tulu literature competition, in Loyola Hall, St Aloysius College, Mangalore.
Fr. Jeevan Prabhu SJ inaugurated “Tulu Sahityada Pantholu.” In his inaugural speech, he said that regional languages are losing their significance because people are developing more and more interest in foreign languages. They believe that foreign languages are fashionable and significant, but in truth, regional languages and culture are the factors that empower people, not foreign languages and culture. Regional languages help people grow within their culture and tradition, making them perfect. At the same time, foreign languages are required to build the nation, survive in a competitive world, and communicate with the world. However, we must not forget our mother tongue, he said.
Prof John Edward D’Silva, the principal of St Aloysius PU College, was the chief guest. He said that people require languages to understand the society into which they are born and to communicate within it. Learning many languages helps people increase their skills and talents. Although learning many languages is a beneficial habit, one must never forget ones mother tongue and discard it for other languages.
Dr. Mohan Das Bhandary, the president of Tulu Isiri Mangalore, presided over the function. Prof Bhaskar Rai Kukkuvalli, a member of Tulu Sahitya Academy, was the guest of honor.