Puttur, Oct 8, 2011 : Dr. D. Veerendra Heggade, the dharmadhikari of Shri Kshethra Dharmasthala, inaugurated the Akhila Bharata Tulu Sammelana organized by the Karnataka Tulu Sahitya Academy, Kannada and Culture Department, and Central Institute of Indian Languages of Mysore on Oct 7 Friday.
In his inaugural address, Dr. Heggade urged the Tulu speaking community to preserve and promote their culture and traditions.
Prof. Dr. Vivek Rai, the visiting professor of German University, said that the Internet has made it easier for those interested to learn Tulu, adding that the World Tulu Convention has increased interest in Tulu.
Chief guest Shobha Karandlaje, the state energy minister, released a number of books on this occasion. MP Nalin Kumar Kateel presided. Puttur MLA Mallikar Prasad hoisted the flag.
The dignitaries on the dais were Chinnappa Gowda, Dr. Sunita Shetty, B. A. Vivek Rai, Savanoor GP President Sudha S. Rai, and Divakar Shetty Sangli.
A procession of Tulu artists, illustrating the rich culture of Tulunad, was held from Padmavathi Basadi to the venue.