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Language academies must resist Government move, says Baragur Ramachandrappa

Staff Correspondent

Calls for withdrawal of amendments made to the rules of academies



Baragur Ramachandrappa

MURNAD (Kodagu Dt.): Baragur Ramachandrappa, writer, on Sunday urged all language academies to come together and demand the withdrawal of amendments made to the rules of academies giving full control over them to the Government.

He was speaking at the valedictory function of the State level Kodava Cultural and Literary convention organised here jointly by the Karnataka Kodava Sahitya Academy and the Kodava Samaja, Murnad. The Government should not infringe upon the "cultural autonomy" of the academies. The amendments stipulated that they should listen to the directions of the Government on all matters relating to their functioning.

Dr. Ramachandrappa said that on the other hand the Government must enhance the grants to the academies. Academies were set up to foster the culture of various groups, besides enriching the culture of Karnataka, Dr. Ramachandrappa said. He called for respecting local cultures and creating jobs to keep the local population happy. Or else, it could lead to separatist movements, he warned.

"Shanti," a film directed by him had entered the Guinness Book of Records, Dr. Ramachandrappa said. The interesting feature of the movie was that it was filmed entirely in the surroundings of the Nalknad Palace in Kodagu, he said. The movie featured only one artiste.

Dr. Ramachandrappa said cultures should aid the growth of society and foster amity, not create rift among communities. Those involved in art and culture should apprise the people of what was the truth. Karnataka was the first State to have a number of academies and also the only one to have won a number of awards and prizes, he said.

Dr. Ramachandrappa, however, lamented that culture was degenerating and losing credibility of late. In the literary field, a writer should know that he drew inspiration from those who did not write. The latter class provided them stuff to come up with stories and novels. Exploring truth and apprising it to society should be the foremost job of the persons involved in literary and cultural fields, Dr. Ramachandrappa said. Ajjikuttira S. Bopanna, judge of the Karnataka High Court, exhorted the youth to achieve success in their fields.

Saying that he was happy to be part of the Kodava literary and cultural convention, Mr. Bopanna said the modern day youth needed inspiration to excel in all walks of life. Hard work and belief in what they did would pay rich dividends, he said.

The former president of the academy Ulliada M. Poovaiah released the souvenir "Pommale Kodag" on the occasion.

The former Minister Mundanda M. Nanaiah and President of the Kodava Samaja, Bangalore, Kodira M.Appaiah spoke.

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