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Kannada Development Authority to host meet on Dravidian

Press Trust of India  |  Bengaluru 

The Kannada Development Authority today said it will host a conference of Dravidian languages in November this year, aimed at fosteringcultural unity.

The agenda is also expected to include alleged attempts to "impose" Hindi language, organisers said.

"We are holding meetings about hosting the conference of We have had meetings with Malayalamand Tamil organisations.

We will be talking to Teluguorganisations shortly. After that, we will all sit together and discuss..," KDA S G told PTI.

He said the conference would be held in the the third or fourth week of November under the banner "Dravida Vichara Kala Mela" for which literary personalities and cultural icons from would be invited.

The KDA said all Dravidian languages, mainly Kannada, Tamil, Telugu and Malayalam, are from the same Dravidasource, "but, we are cultivating unnecessary estrangement or dissatisfaction among ourselves."

The aim of the conference was to foster cultural unity, he said.

"If we are all united like afamily, we can become a force," the KDA said.

He said protesting against imposition of Hindi language is also part of the agenda.

In responseto a question, said is a federal system in which each one had their own rights.

"While safeguarding our rights, strengthening the federal system is our intention," he said.

The issue would be discussed and it would be part of the agenda.

The Authority had earlier intervened in the row over Hindi signages at Bengaluru Metro stations last year by issuing notices to the metroauthorities.

Earlier at a press conference, said the Bengaluru Book Festival- 2018 will be organised in the city from October 15 to 21.

It will have more than 350 stalls containing Kannada, Tamil, Telugu, Malayalam, Bengali, Sanskrit, English and Hindi language books.

The festival is being jointly organised by Bengaluru Book Sellers' and Publishers' Association along with " Comics."


The festival, considered as one of the signature annual events in the city's calendar since itsinception in 2003, did not take place after the 2015 fest, due to venue related issues.

(This story has not been edited by Business Standard staff and is auto-generated from a syndicated feed.)

First Published: Fri, August 10 2018. 18:50 IST
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