Expert Committee formed to develop Kannada software: Dr. Manu Baligar
Mysuru: Prof. A.V. Narasimha Murthy (AVN), former Head, Department of Ancient History and Archaeology, University of Mysore (UoM), was conferred the prestigious Na. Sri. Rajapurohit Award (2018) while Dr. B.L. Venu, renowned novelist and cinema script writer, was conferred Galaganatha Award at a programme jointly organised by Haveri-based Galaganatha and Na. Sri. Rajapurohit Prathishtana and Kuvempu Institute of Kannada Studies (KIKS), Mysuru at B.M. Sri auditorium in Manasagangothri here this morning.
Both the awards carry a cash prize of Rs. 50,000 and a citation.
Speaking after presenting the awards, State Kannada Sahitya Parishat President Dr. Manu Baligar said that an Expert Committee has been formed to develop Kannada software in accordance with the modern day requirements.
Pointing out that UoM Vice-Chancellor Prof. G. Hemantha Kumar is himself is a computer expert, Baligar stressed on the need for the Committee and sought Prof. Kumar to work with perfect co-ordination for updating Kannada software.
Stating that the influence of Tamil, Telugu, Marathi and other languages had turned Kannada into a second grade language 150 years ago, Baligar said that many great Kannada votaries including Galaganatha and Rajapurohit came forward to take Kannada to greater heights through sheer efforts, dedication and love for the language.
Prof. Hemantha Kumar, who spoke after inaugurating the programme, said that many literary giants had strived for promotion of Kannada during the British Colonial era and Galaganatha and Rajapurohit were among them.
Kannada and Culture Department Director K.M.Janaki recalled the commitment showed by Galaganatha and Rajapurohit for protecting Kannada land, language and literature.
Noting that the two have excellent works to their credit, she stressed on the need for taking the works of the literary giants to the younger generation of today.
Underlining the need for translating the works of Galaganatha and Rajapurohit to all other regional languages, she said that Kannada and Culture Department would provide all help if the Prathishtana takes up the task.
Prathishtana President Prof. Dushyanth Nadagouda presided.Noting that Galaganatha is often called “Aadya Kartru” of modern Kannada literature, he said that Galaganatha has more than 20 illustrious works to his credit.
Highlighting the works of Rajapurohit, who was also a historian, he said that the renowned writer was among the many Kannada literary greats who worked for keeping the pride of Kannada afloat. Stating that the Prathishtana has planned to construct a huge Bhavan at Haveri, Prof. Nadagouda said they had purchased land for the same and sought Rs. 2 crore special grant from the Government for construction of the building.