Karnataka State Open University (KSOU) on Wednesday organised Kannada Rajyotsava at Cauvery Auditorium.
Speaking after inaugurating the programme, B N Nagaraj Bhat, retired Kannada professor, KSOU, Mysuru said: “Kannada is one of the oldest living languages in the world with the glorious history of over 2000 years. But today our language is being sidelined.”
“When the English language was in its cradle, Kannada had already produced great literary works. Kannada has always been a diversified language. The Upanishads and Vedas could be sung very easily in any tune in Kannada because of the scientific formation of the Kannada vocabulary,” he added.
“But today, we can say that the computer language is an enemy for Kannada. Just because of aping the foreign culture, the Kannadigas have forgotten to cherish the rich literature that Kannada possesses. It is sad to see that the Kannadigas have sidelined the values taught by our own language,” he said.
“We need to activate ourselves to save Kannada by organising these kinds of programmes,” he added.
Prof P S Nayak, Registrar, KSOU, D T Basavaraj, Dean, Study Centre, KSOU, Dr Somashekhar, Dean, Academics, Khadar Pasha, Financial Officer, KSOU and others were present.