Kannada will evolve with development of govt schools, says litterateur

Senior litterateurs demanded thegovernment to develop government schools in terms of both quality education and infrastructure to benefit common people. “Once the government develops thr state-owned schools providing education in Kannada medium, no extra efforts will be needed to protect Kannada language and literature,” said the former president of Karnataka Nataka Academy Dr K Marulasiddappa here on Friday.

He was speaking at a memorandum unveiling event of Kannada Anushtana Mandali, jointly organised by the Mandali and Rangayana at Sriranga Hall. Former President of Kannada Sahitya Parishath Dr R K Nalloor Prasad unveiled the memorandum.

Marulasiddappa said that 80 percent of schools in the state are Kannada medium and lacked development in terms of infrastructure, technology and basic facilities. Due to pitiable quality of facilities, even people from poorer section of the society prefer to send their children to private institutions, he noted.

Delivering a talk on ‘Contribution of theatre in the development of Kannada Language’, Marulasiddappa pointed that theatre plays – especially street plays – played a greater role in the development of Kannada language during pre-independence era where many activists used theatre as a medium to further the ideals of our freedom movement. During the 1970’s, theatre was influenced by literature where many plays were based on great novels.

“However, there is a misconception that literature contributed immensely for the development of Kannada theatre. We have to note that 70 percent of theatre plays are not based on the novels but on mythology, folklore and some traditional cultures. Moreover, the language used in theatre and street plays are closely connected with ethnic culture which communicates with people with greater influence. There is need to conduct studies on how the theatre plays influence people in terms of social change,” he stressed.

‘Kannada readers are evolving’

Quoting study reports that forecasted the decline of many regional languages including Kannada, Dr K Marulasiddappa said that despite having only 40 percent Kannadigas in Bangaluru, Kannada newspapers sell in highest numbers when compared to English dailies. This clearly shows that despite parents sending their children to English medium schools and corporate sector encouraging English, the readers of Kannada language are evolving day by day. “After independence, the Kannada language has been developing at a faster pace when compared to the pre-independence period. Kannada language is getting a major boost in internet and social media which is a sign of better future,” he said.

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