The seminar was held with the collaboration of the Central Institute of Indian Languages, ministry of HRD, Manasa Gangotri – Mysore University, Karnataka Tulu Academy, Department of Kannada and Culture, and the World Tulu Conference committee.
MLA Gopal Bhandary said that Dr Heggade’s influence and the strength of Tulu as a regional language should get it world recognition after the successful convening of the World Tulu Conference in December. Rajesh Sachdev, director, Central Institute of Indian Languages, delivered the keynote address on the occasion.
Tulu litterateur Yerya Laxminarayan Alva, Karnataka Open University vice-chancellor Professor B Vivek Rai, MLA Gopal Bhandary, and Bhuvanendra College principal Dr Padmanabha Gowda were present.
Home Minister V.S. Acharya said that it was necessary to first recognise Tulu as a State language as this would make it easier to get it included in the Eighth Schedule of the Constitution. Dr. Acharya said that Tulu was one of the oldest Dravidian languages. It was a common misconception that Tulu did not have a script, but the fact was that it had a script.
About six decades some scholars used to write in Tulu script. However gradually, the usage of Tulu script had stopped. The UNESCO had made a list of languages which were in the unsafe category and faced a threat of getting extinct. Tulu was among them. This should be taken as a warning and efforts should be made to protect and promote Tulu. “Languages become extinct because of prolonged disuse. We have to protect Tulu,” he said.(The Hindu)