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HONOUR:Chief Minister B.S. Yeddyurappa with recipients of the Karnataka Sahitya Academy awards
Shimoga: As many as five writers were presented with honorary awards of the Karnataka Sahitya Academy for 2010, and 21 writers with book awards for 2009, at a programme at the Kuvempu Rangamandir here on Wednesday.
Speaking after presenting the awards, Chief Minister B.S. Yeddyurappa said that cultural exchanges between Kannada and other Dravidian languages should increase.
The installation of the statue of Tamil poet Tiruvalluvar in Bangalore and Kannada poet Sarvajna in Chennai was a significant step. A sum of Rs. 200 crore was earmarked for the Department of Kannada and Culture in the budget for 2010-11, he said.
Speaking after receiving the honorary award, writer S.M. Vrishabendraswamy demanded that the State Government purchase books of Academy award-winning writers and supply them to public libraries and educational institutions.
“Kannada language and culture have successfully faced the challenges posed by globalisation. The literary domain of Kannada has maintained vibrancy and it is heartening to note that an average of 100 new books are published every month in the language. Young writers are experimenting with new themes and have displayed a sense of social commitment,” he remarked.
Writer G.S. Siddalingaiah and president of the Karnataka Sahitya Academy M.H. Krishnaiah were among those present.
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