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Kannada scholar M.M. Kalburgi shot dead

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By NewsGram Staff Writer

Dharwad (Karnataka): M.M. Kalburgi, a renowned scholar of Kannada and a former Vice Chancellor of Hampi University was shot dead from close range by an unidentified person at his residence on Sunday.

Kalburgi, 77, was shot in the head from close range when he opened the main door of his house in Kalyan Nagar suburb, Dharwad police commissioner Ravi Prasad told reporters.

The bleeding Kalburgi was rushed to the civil hospital by his relatives where doctors declared him dead.

“We have registered a murder case and formed a special team to hunt down the assailant,” Prasad said.

According to a witness, two people came to Kalburgi’s house on a motorcycle and sped away after the crime.

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Dharwad is located about 430 km north of Bengaluru.

Though Kalburgi was controversial for his independent views on social and religious matters, he was a noted epigraphist and well known writer of old Kannada literature, especially Vachana literature.

Born in Yaragal village in Vijayapura district of north Karnataka in 1938, Kalburgi was a Kannada professor in the Karnataka University here.

He was a recipient of many national and state awards, including the Sahitya Academi award, Nrupatunga award and Pampa award.

(With inputs from IANS)

 

 

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Journalist Gauri Lankesh Shot Dead ; Protests Organized Across the State as Karnataka Comes to a Standstill

Senior Kannada tabloid Editor and social activist Gauri Lankesh was shot dead on Tuesday night by unidentified men at her residence.

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National and international media clike, condemn the murder of Gauri Lankesh, a senior journalist and a fearless critic of right wing politics. Wikimedia
  • Reputed journalist, editor and activist Gauri Lankesh was shot dead on September 5 by three unidentified men outside her house
  • Lankesh was an editor of popular Kannada tabloid “Lankesh Patrike”
  • Protests have erupted in various cities in Kerala following Gauri Lankesh’s murder

Karnataka, September 6, 2017 : Protests erupted across Karnataka on Wednesday morning condemning the dastardly killing of senior Kannada journalist Gauri Lankesh, who was shot dead at her residence here on Tuesday night by three unidentified men.

Journalists, activists, writers, thinkers and women organisations were seen among the crowds that gathered in the city and across the state condemning the killing of the journalist.

People were seen gathered at the Town Hall here for a silent protest, holding placards. “You can kill a person but not their ideas,” read one placard.

Silent demonstration was also staged by journalist groups at the Victoria Hospital grounds, where the autopsy is being done.

Across the state, protests were witnessed in Mangaluru, Kalaburagi, Dharwad, Koppal among other regions, where citizens took to the streets.

Journalists in Mysuru, wearing black ribbons around their shoulders, also held a protest in front of the Deputy Commissioner’s Office.

Massive protests have also been planned across the country in various cities like New Delhi, Mumbai, Hyderabad among others.

Meanwhile, Chief Minister Siddaramaiah has also cancelled all his official programmes on Wednesday.

“CM has cancelled all engagements, including a day-long trip to Kerala in view of the developments since Tuesday night,” said an official from the Chief Minister’s Office.

Congress President Sonia Gandhi also expressed shock and distress over the murder on Wednesday, saying “this can’t and should not be tolerated”.

Accusing the BJP of silencing dissent, Congress Vice President Rahul Gandhi said it was a part of their ideology. “Anyone who speaks against BJP is silenced…” Rahul Gandhi said on Wednesday.

Gauri Lankesh, 55, was shot dead by three unidentified men who had shot her when she returned home from her office in the city.

Lankesh was an editor of popular Kannada tabloid “Lankesh Patrike”.

In November 2016, Gauri Lankesh was sentenced to six months in jail after a defamation case was filed against her for a report against Bharatiya Janata Party leaders. She was out on bail pending an appeal. (IANS)

 

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Southern Film Industry bags 18 National Film Awards

The six industries of the south -- Tamil, Telugu, Malayalam, Kannada, Tulu and Konkani -- bagged a total of 18 awards

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National Film Awards, Source: www.nationalfilmawards.org

Chennai, April 7, 2017: Southern films figured prominently at the 64th National Film Awards announced on Friday with “Pellichoopulu”, “Puli Murugan”, “Joker” and “24” bagging top honours.

The six industries of the south — Tamil, Telugu, Malayalam, Kannada, Tulu and Konkani — bagged a total of 18 awards.

In Tamil filmdom, critically-acclaimed political satire “Joker”, actor Suriya-starrer science-fiction thriller “24” and “Dharmadurai” bagged a total of six awards.

Raju Murugan-directed “Joker” bagged Best Tamil Film and Best Playback Singer for Sundara Iyer.

“24” pocketed awards for Best Production Design for Amit Ray and Subratra Chakraborty, Best Cinematography for Tirru and Best Visual Effects.

Veteran lyricist Vairamuthu won his seventh National Award for the song “Endha pakkam” from Vijay Sethupathi-starrer “Dharmadurai”.

Telugu industry bagged a total of three awards.

Indie romantic-drama “Pellichoopulu” was awarded the Best Film in the language, while “Shatamanam Bhavati” bagged the Best Popular Film award for providing wholesome entertainment.

Raju Sundaram bagged the Best Choreographer award for NTR-starrer “Janatha Garage”.

Malayalam industry bagged five awards including Best Film for “Mahesinte Prathikaram” and Best Actress for Surabhi C.M. for her film “”Minnaminungu – The Firefly”.

Adhish Praveen won Best Child Artist for “Kunju Daivam”.

Peter Hein bagged an award for Best Stunt Choreography, introduced for the first time, for “Puli Murugan”.

Superstar Mohanlal won a Special Jury award for his performances in films such as AA”Puli Murugan”, “Janatha Garage” and “Munthirivallikal Thalirkkumbol”.

While Kannada industry bagged two awards, Konkani and Tulu industries pocketed an award each.

Best Kannada Film award went to “Reservation”, while Bapu Padmanabha won the Best Music Director award for the film “Allama”.

“Madipu” won the award for Best Tulu film and “K Sera Sera- Ghodpachem Ghoddtelem” was awarded the Best Konkani film. (IANS)

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India is on the verge of losing about 300 Languages out of 800: Find out Why!

A report by Bhasha Research Centre states that around 197 languages have been extinct while 42 are critically endangered

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Endangered languages in India. Image Source: LokSabha
  • India has the distinction of accommodating 800 languages and dialects across the country
  • The UN Educational Scientific and Cultural Organisation found that 197 languages in India are endangered while 42 languages are critically endangered
  • Prof. K. Shrikumar of Lucknow University has taken the initiative to prepare a documentary on Jad language of Uttarakhand 

Language forms an integral part of one’s culture. India has the distinction of accommodating 800 languages and dialects across the country, according to a research conducted by Bhasha Research Centre. Bhasha Research Centre is an NGO founded under the leadership of Dr G.N. Devy, winner of Sahitya Academy Award.

Dr S Radhakrishnan. Image Source: Wikimedia Commons
Dr S Radhakrishnan. Image Source: Wikimedia Commons

The report of the survey was published on 5th September on the 125th Birth Anniversary of Dr S. Radhakrishnan. The report consists of 35000 pages and was published in 5 volumes. The survey began in 2010 and lasted for 4 years. The research was done by many known historians and research scholars.

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The report suggested that around 300 languages have been extinct till now. And 150 more languages will extinct in the coming half century. A linguistic scholar George Grierson founded that there were 364 languages between 1894 to 1928.

The UN Educational Scientific and Cultural Organisation is also counting the same, in which they found that 197 languages in India are endangered while 42 languages came under the category of critically endangered. Nihali, a language from pre-Aryan and pre- Munda reign, was also included in the list.

UN Educational Scientific and Cultural Organisation. Image Source: www.mid-day.com
UN Educational Scientific and Cultural Organisation. Image Source: www.mid-day.com

The research found that the main cause of the extinction is that the speaking community has died and children are not interested to learn their mother-tongue and therefore are not able to carry it.

Researchers believe that languages are the product of a culture which helps them to trace the culture of a country and the country who has suffered the extinction of language has witnessed the extinction of the primitive culture.

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Another language which is spoken on the Maharashtra-Madhya Pradesh border by around 2500 villagers is on the verge of extinction. The reason is that they are migrating to other cities in search of work.

Tribals of Chattisgarh. Image Source: www.chhattisgarhonline.in
Tribals of Chattisgarh. Image Source: www.chhattisgarhonline.in

Prof. K. Shrikumar of Lucknow University has taken the initiative to prepare a documentary on Jad language of Uttarakhand with less than 2000 speakers. Similarly, Professor Anvita Abbi has taken the initiative to record the oral tribal languages in Chattisgarh (Todi) and Tamil Nadu.

-prepared by Aparna Gupta, an intern with NewsGram. Twitter @writetoaparna99

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2 responses to “India is on the verge of losing about 300 Languages out of 800: Find out Why!”

  1. Languages are the integral part of India. to preserve our culture we need to practice our regional languages instead of English.

  2. Indian culture is supposed to be one of the best cultures and languages have been a major part of the culture. There should be something done to save these languages.