Mangaluru: The Karnataka Tulu Sahitya Academy held the inaugural ceremony of ‘Tulu Bhavan’, at Urva Store here, on August 30.
The programme began with an invocation. The president of the Karnataka Tulu Sahitya Academy, Janaki Brahmavar welcomed the gathering.
The Tulu Bhavana was inaugurated by the district minister in-charge B Ramanath Rai by lighting the traditional lamp along with other dignitaries.
Addressing the gathering, Ramanath Rai said that the majority of the people in Dakshina Kannada speak Tulu, as the traditional homeland of the Tulu speaking people is the coastal region of modern Karnataka and parts of Northern Kerala.
He further said, “Today, I am very happy to inaugurate the Tulu Bhavan because the office of the Tulu Sahitya Academy was not spacious. I am here to congratulate the President of the Tulu Sahitya Academy Janaki Brahmavar and the entire Tulu speaking people for this Bhavana.”
He said that Tulunadu is a place with many languages. People whose mother tongue is Kannada, Konkani, Beary or even Malayalam speak this language and Tulu speakers mainly comprise of people living in Dakshina Kannada, Udupi and even Kasargod.
Tulu speaking people are not rigid. They accept change in society and adapt to it while retaining their culture and traditions. It is the job of future generations to see to it that Tulu language grows and spreads in the fields of literature and arts, he added.
Emphasizing on the strong voice of the people of Tulunadu, MLC Ivan D’Souza expressed his felicity on the presence of academy offices of three languages in the district and requested the concerned authorities to provide land for the Beary Sahitya Academy so that a Beary Bhavan can be opened.
Mayor Jacintha Alfred, Deputy Commissioner A B Ibrahim, MLA J R Lobo, MLA Moideen Bava, President of Karnataka Beary Sahitya Academy B A Mohammed Haneef, Vaman Nandawara, Chandrahas Rai and others were also present.