Mysuru, November 2, 2021: “It is sad to say see that we have reached a point where we have to struggle for the survival of our land and our language. It is not possible to develop our land or language just by fighting and speeches. Let Kannada grow with love,” opined Sri Addanda C. Kariappa, Director, Rangayana.
He participated as the chief guest of a program held at the JSS College of Arts, Commerce, and Science, B.N. Road, Mysuru, on the occasion of the 66th Kannada Rajyotsava. “We are the reason for the present situation of Kannada, which is struggling for its survival in our State. We are all infatuated with English. We should shed our laziness, and we should have a love for your language. We should strive to develop Kannada. The works of great Kannada litterateurs and poets will get meaning, only when we do this. The efforts of Mysuru Wadiyars are immense in protecting Kannada and leaving a legacy behind us. The reason for the development of Kannada in Kodagu is because of the efforts of the Veerashaiva rulers. We all should remember it. We don’t want false history it won’t help in instilling patriotism among us. No other language will have the beauty of the mother tongue. Hence, please respect your mother tongue,” he said.
Prof. B.V. Sambashivarao, Chief Executive of the College, hoisted the State flag. In his address, he said, “Kannada as a language has a great history compared to any other language in our country. Our land was identified as the first literate land. That is why more inscriptions belonging to Ashoka are in our State. Many institutional and personal struggles have taken place for the integrity of Kannada. The contributions of the Vidyavardhaka Sangha, Dharwad, Kannada Sahitya Parishat, and other institutions are immense and memorable. Stalwarts like Mylara Mahadevappa, Aluru Venkatraya, etc., dedicated their lives to unite our land and language. The unification movement commenced by Sri Potti Sriramulu of Andhra Pradesh intensified in Karnataka also. Finally, Karnataka became an independent State as ‘Mysore State.’ Kannada is a very systematic language. The pronunciation, alphabets, everything is very scientific. We are all lucky to have a language with a rich heritage. But today, it has become inevitable to make Kannada an employment-based language. Kannada should not remain just as a spoken language. The land, water sources, culture, everything is included in it. This is the time when we have to create awareness in society through serious discussions, consultation and thoughts by utilizing the political sector. Let us all join hands for the protection and development of our land, water resources, and language,” he said.
Prof. H.C. Honnappa, Principal, PU College, welcomed. Sri S. Somashekar, Principal, Degree College, gave a vote of thanks. Dr. B.S. Sudeep, HoD, Department of PG in Kannada compered.
Students of various departments presented cultural programs including, the recital of the State song, Farmers Anthem, songs depicting the Kannada language and culture.
Teaching, non-teaching staff, and students were present.