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First Kodava weekly celebrates silver jubilee

By Our Staff Correspondent

MADIKERI, APRIL 10. The silver jubilee celebrations of the first ever Kodava weekly, Brahmagiri, started by U.M. Poovaiah marks a significant event in Kodava journalism. The advent of the weekly provided a platform for Kodava writers to excel.

A souvenir to commemorate the event was released here on Sunday by the well-known actor, Prema, who is from the Neravanda family in Kodagu.

G. Rajendra, Editor of Shakti, a leading Kannada daily; Bacharaniyanda P. Appanna, former president of the Karnataka Kodava Sahitya Academy; and Guddanda Nanda, were present.

Cultural shows included the traditional Ummathat, skit, mimicry, and poem recitals. by the artistes who contribute to the weekly regularly. Mr. Poovaiah conducted the quiz competition. handled a quiz in Kodava much to the delight of a large audience.

Brahmagiri, a well-read weekly in Kodagu, has nurtured talent among the members of non-Kodavas too.

Meenikkara Mohammad, Nagesh Kalur, M.E. Mohammad and many other talented writers have become famous since the weekly came on the scene. Hardly 20 Kodava publications were available before the weekly was established. Now, over 300 Kodava books are available that cater to the different reading tastes.

Mr. Poovaiah, who was the first president of the Karnataka Kodava Sahitya Academy, now heads the Kodava Thakk Eltkarada Koota (Kodava Writers' Forum), which has published over 50 books in two years.

His wife, Dotty Poovaiah, is currently the chairperson of the Karnataka Kodava Sahitya Academy.

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