Delhi Tulu Siri, a mega conference to showcase the proud Tulu culture in the national capital as well as to impress upon the people to provide due recognition to Tulu language, is being organised here on February 24.
As a 'curtain raiser' to this notable occasion, the organisers of the event addressed the media and highlighted the need for the inclusion of the Tulu language in the Eighth Schedule of the Indian Constitution.
Mr. I.Ramamohan Rao, Chief Editor of Asian News International (ANI) and former Principal Information Officer to Government of India accompanied by Dr. Purushothama Bilimale, Director American Institute of Indian Studies and Programme Director, Delhi Tulu Siri, briefed the mediapersons.
Mr. Rao mentioned that Tulu, belonging to the Dravidian family of languages, is spoken by over 75 lakh people all over the world and also it boasts of historical heritage dating back to over 2500 years.
With the aid of Lexicon-Statistics, scholars have conducted extensive research on Tulu that developed as an independent language since 8th century BC. Highly stylised classical literature also developed in Tulu language, one of the most vibrant and beautiful languages.
He also noted that the output of the Tulu oral tradition is really stunning as evident from the Paddanas (folk narratives) found in Tulunadu-comprising the southern coastland of Karnataka and northern parts of Kerala. This could be ranked among the best folk epics of the world, Mr. Rao said.
On the saga of Tulunadu, also known as Tenkana and South Kanara, Mr.Rao highlighted the fact that it could be considered as the cradle of banking in India, as evident from leading financial institutions such as Syndicate Bank, Vijaya Bank, Canara Bank, Corporation Bank and Karnataka Bank among others. It is also the region where co-operative movement in south India took its roots.
Dr Purushottam Bilimale, eminent folklorist, mentioned that structured efforts have been made by social activists, linguists, litterateurs, educationists as well as political leaders both inside and outside the Parliament to include Tulu, in the eighth Schedule of Indian Constitution. Earlier the requirement was that there should be a state, which has the language as its official means of commnication. But the law has nor been changed following the 94th Constitutional amendment, and languages like Maithili , Dogri, Santhali and Bodo have been included in the Eight Schedule
However, Tulu could not gain benefit of being included in the Eighth Schedule, as such Tulu Siri would endeavour to prompt the powers-that-be to incorporate it now.
Around 23 other organisations will be associated with Tulu Siri in which leading public figures such as union ministers, parliamentarians, jurists, medical professionals, academicians, journalists and top executives from the corporate sector are expected to take part. A gala cultural programme has also been slated in which artistes will render light music, stage a dance drama including the traditional Yakshagana. (ANI)