Udupi Sept 29: Home Minister V.S. Acharya said on Monday that the State Government was committed to the promotion of Tulu. He was speaking after releasing the Tulu book “Kemthur Doddanna Shetrena Samagra Kavya”, here. He also inaugurated the Kemthur Doddanna Shetty Memorial Trust on the occasion. Dr. Acharya said the initiative taken by the Government was responsible for establishing the Department of Tulu and Translation Studies at the Dravidian University at Kuppam in Andhra Pradesh. The Government was keen on getting Tulu included in the Eighth Schedule of the Constitution, he added. The late Kemthur Doddanna Shetty had put in a lot of effort to popularise Tulu literature by the means of theatre at a time when the reach of the mass media was limited. His contribution to Tulu literature and theatre could not be exaggerated, Dr. Acharya said.
Presiding over the function, president of Tulu Koota Bhaskaranand Kumar said that Kemthur Doddanna Shetty was the leading light of Tulu movement. The Kemthur Doddanna Shetty Award, given by the Tulu Koota annually here for the best Tulu drama, had given a fillip to meaningful dramas being made in Tulu, he said.