BANGALORE: To promote linguistic harmony among the people living in the border districts of the neighbouring states, the Kannada Development Authority (KDA) would organise a Linguistic Convention nd cultural festival of Kannadigas living in other states, KDA chairman ‘Mukhyamantri’ Chandru said here on Monday.
Speaking to newsmen, Chandru said five such conventions would be held in different parts of south India, including one at Erode in Tamil Nadu, on April 5. The first such convention was arranged with the assistance of the Tamil Nadu government at Talawadi-Firka in Erode District. He said nearly seven thousand people speaking both Tamil and Kannada were expected to throng the event.
Karnataka Legislative Council Chairman D H Shankaramurthy, Kannada and Culture minister Govinda M Karajol, Primary and Secondary Minister Vishveveshwar Hegde Kageri, Energy Minister Shobha Karandlaje, and Law and Parliamentary minister S Sureshkumar and Excise minister Renukacharya would represent Karnataka. Revenue minister K A Sengottayan, and Education minister N R Shivapathi and others would represent Tamil Nadu government. State BJP president K S Eshwarappa, KPCC President Dr G Parameshwar and JD(S) working president P G R Sindhia, MLAs. Lok Sabha members from both Karnataka and Tamil Nadu districts like Chamarajanagar and Erode have also been invited to the event.
Chandru added that this was the first such attempt to promote and enhance linguistic harmony between Kannada and Tamil speaking people. Solution for the common problems faced by people including in primary and secondary education sectors would also be will also be sought. The event would also feature cultural performances by renowned artists from both Karnataka and Tamil Nadu.
Similar such conventions would also be organised at Sholapur (Maharashtra), Mehboobnagara (Andhra Pradesh), Goa and Kasargod (Kerala) in the coming months, he added. However, Chandru disagreed that the ongoing Cauvery dispute between Karnataka and Tamil Nadu will create problems for the event.
People from both the states enjoy a cordial relationship, he added.