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10 less known, but Interesting facts about Karnataka

Ten less known, but Interesting facts about Karnataka - in no particular order.

Is Mary Kom prepared for a crash course in Kannada?

Karnataka sports minister Appachu Ranjan said the government would welcome Mary to the city. For the full report in the ToI, click here

The language cauldron and the English creep

This is a longish four part essay/discussion on English and our native languages.

Part 1: The status of our native/ mother tongues (they are dying, by the way)

Kannadiga's deprived of "Satyameva Jayate" viewing

Praising Aamir Khan for his maiden television show Satyameva Jayate, Shiv Sena chief Bal Thackeray lambasted Karnataka for banning the dubbed telecast of the show in the state.

'Soft' measures to promote Kannada - the time is now?

Okay. I wrote this on Rajyotsava day itself, but didn't post for fear of generating the wrong kind of debates. Two weeks later, here it is.

BANGALORE AS A CREATIVE CITY

29 Sep 2011 10:30
Asia/Calcutta

BANGALORE AS A CREATIVE CITY: An Open Consultation to discuss Policy Recommendations involving Urban Arts and Culture Spaces will be held on Thursday 29th September, 2011 (10.30AM to 7 PM), at The National Gallery of Modern Art, Manikyavelu Mansion, 49 Palace Road, Bengaluru - 52 (Ph: 2234 2338)

Unfair criticism of NRN and Infosys

Create excellent, world-class school textbooks in Kannada in maths and science. Encourage students to take part in Kannada events. Kannada must be made attractive to children, but not by shutting off some other language.

Listen and Learn Kannada

Padakali, an initiative to teach people Kannada, one word at a time, has grown from an intra office learning group to a regularly updated web resource for Kannada language in a little under eight months.  Our previous post on Padakali is here.

Laudable approach - kannada kali

Under a state government-sponsored scheme, the Visvesvaraya Technological University will conduct functional Kannada classes for non-state students and lectures in culture for those from the state. "There are thousands of engineering students from other states in the state.

Learn Kannada. One Word at a time.

Padakali (www.padakali.com and @padakali on twitter) is an attempt to teach Kannada one word at a time. It began as a daily discussion between two colleagues, one of whom, for all practical purposes, murdered Kannada every time he attempted to speak the language. The other tried his best to help him while struggling to keep his sanity.

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