Mysuru, November 25:- The citizens were a witness to the love and worship extended to the Kannada language during the procession of the 83rd Akhila Bharatha Kannada Sahitya Sammelana held in the city on Friday.
Age is not a barrier to display one’s love especially for a language like Kannada, one of the oldest in the world. A four-year-old boy and an 82-year-old citizen expressed their love and respect towards the language by actively participating in the 5-km long procession from Kote Anjaneyaswamy Temple premises to Maharaja College Ground in the city.
Thousands of lovers of Kannada language from every nook and corner of the state thronged the city and enthusiastically took part in the procession. Kannadigas participated in the procession with fervour and it was a sheer joy to see the enthusiasm of a six-year-old boy from Raichur who participated in the procession with deep love for Kannada language.
Nikhil Gowda, a student of second standard who was carried by his father Vishwanath on his shoulder, created awareness on the Kannada language by holding the posters of Jnanapith awardees, Kannada letters and numerals. According to his father, “Nikhil started attending the Kannada Sahitya Sammelana from 2015 and this is the third Sammelana for him. He started to learn about the Kannada language, literature and poets from a very young age.”
Another boy, a resident of Vidyaranyapuram in the city, spread awareness among people about Kannada by peddling a bicycle with posters of renowned Kannada poets.
An 82-year-old citizen dressed in a Yellow and Red, shirt and trouser, holding a Kannada flag was the major attraction at the sammelana. Mallappa Devappa Alase, a native of Belagavi has come to attend the Kannada Sahitya Sammelan in the city and spread awareness about Kannada language, literature and culture. The retired librarian who is actively involved in Kannada events across the state, said that it gives him immense pleasure to participate in such programmes and create awareness among the people about the richness of Kannada language.
-(Karthik K K)