Mysuru, July 4:- “It is proud to know that the world is showing more interest to study Kannada language these days,” said linguistics expert Prof RVS Sundaram.
He was speaking at a three-day workshop on ‘Kannada literature and its challenges’ held at Central Institute of Indian Languages (CIIL) at Manasagangothri here organised under the auspices of Centre of Excellence for Studies in Classical Kannada (CESCK) on Wednesday.
“We have to understand the greatness of Kannada language, which has history of over thousands of years. Kannada was popular in 1500 BC. The world is getting interested in learning Kannada. Kavirajamarga has been translated to English. There is was no such work in any language in the world during that period. We are losing our memory power. Photocopy has adversely affected our memory. Earlier dictionaries were used and the new words were remembered, which cannot be or scarcely seen these days,” he added.
Earlier, director of CIIL Prof D G Rao inaugurated the programme.
CIIL reader-cum-research officer Dr L Ramamurthy was the guest of honour. CESCK director Prof K R Durgadas presided. (GK, NGB)