Mangalore, September 9: If the plans of the Karnataka Beary Sahitya Academy materialise, activities to promote the language may soon get a shot in the arm with the setting up of a Beary bhavan. The bhavan will also serve as an information centre for those learning the language.
Speaking at “Pernal Sandola”, a cultural programme organised at the Town Hall here on Saturday, Rahim Uchila, president of the academy, said 0.27 acre of land had been identified for the construction of the bhavan.
The academy was awaiting a response from Mangalore City Corporation (MCC) for sanctioning land and funds.
Among the more ambitious plans, Mr. Uchila said the academy would pressure the government for establishing a cell for Beary studies, and organising of World Beary Literature Conference.
“Pernal Sandola”, roughly translating to the joy of Eid festivities, sought to bring Beary culture to speakers in the city. The programme started with an hour of popular Beary songs, before Monappa Bhandary, MLC, formally inaugurated it by striking the traditional “duff” percussion instrument.