Mangaluru: The state government nominated members and presidents of seven language academies and authorities including president and members of the city based Karnataka Tulu Sahitya Academy and members of Karnataka Konkani Sahitya Academy.
Senior Congress leader A C Bhandary will head the Karnataka Tulu Sahitya Academy. The members are Sudha Nagesh, Vijaya Shetty, Tharanath Gatti Kapikad, Gopal Achan, Vidyashree S, Durga Menon, Shivananda Karkera, Bennet Ammanna, Chandrashekar Gatti Boluru, Vasudev Belle, Niranjan Rai M and Dr Y N Shetty. Barring Dr Shetty, who is from Udupi district, the rest including Bhandary are from Dakshina Kannada district.
Members of Karnataka Konkani Sahitya Academy nominated are Mohan Vernekar (Bengaluru); Joachim Stanley, Paul Moras, Damodhar Bhandarkar, Lingappa Gowda (all Dakshina Kannada); Ullas Lakshmi Narayan, Sumangala Sadananda Nayak and Nagesh Anvekar (all Uttara Kannada); Ramu A Mestra, Poornima Suresh and M Ganesh Uppunda (all Udupi); and Santosh Mahale (Dharward). Incidentally, the state government in June had nominated R P Naik, from Dandeli in Uttara Kannada district as the president of the academy.
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