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`Translation of works in foreign languages will help Kannada'

Staff Correspondent

Great literature is not born in great countries, and great writers are born in backward countries, says Ananthamurthy

MYSORE: U.R. Ananthamurthy, writer, on Friday suggested that the authorities could consider organising seminars on foreign languages and cultures in the Kannada departments of the universities to enable enrichment of Kannada.

He was speaking after inaugurating a seminar on "Multicultural Spain: Catalonia," organised here by the University of Mysore and University of Tarragona, Spain.

He said understanding foreign language is necessary and translation of those works will benefit Kannada.

He said that English is the only window that has been opened for Kannada writers and many such windows in terms of languages should be opened through translations in Kannada.

Giving an illustration, Dr. Ananthamurthy said that many scholars in England learn German while pursuing German studies, but write their thesis in English.

Such a thing should also happen in India where vernacular language can be used to write thesis, he said.

Dr. Ananthamurthy said great literature is not born in great countries, and great writers are born in backward countries.

Agreeing with the suggestion by Dr. Ananthamurthy to organise seminars in the Kannada departments, the Vice-Chancellor of the University of Mysore, J. Shashidhar Prasad, said though it will help in the enrichment of Kannada, only a few people are interested in bringing reflections of other cultures, art and traditions in Kannada. He said that multi cultures in the country exist due to the arrival of cultures from abroad through invasion in the Middle Age and expansion by the British later.

H. Cynthia Wyatt from University of Tarragona and Ravichandra Chittampalli were present.

A multi-media presentation of similarities between Spanish and Indian cultures is part of the seminar.

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